Republic of Sudan denies vaccinations to children

The Republic of Sudan, which is headed by President Omar al-Bashir, rejected a proposition on Sunday that would have allowed humanitarian efforts to carry out a vaccination campaign for children.

The proposition was rejected by Bashir, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and other crimes against humanity. The rejection of this proposition, which was made by the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement North, will deny 150,000 children access to possibly live saving vaccines.

"American experts on African politics also believe that the real reason for Bashir's sudden bellicosity has little to do with South Sudan's alleged support for the rebellion in the southern parts of Sudan," the South Sudan News said. "The real reason is opposition's credible threat to topple Bashir and his regime within 100 days because of the rapidly deteriorating socio-economic situation in the country."

Secretary General Yasir Araman, who lead the negotiating team for the SPLM-N, initially proposed a temporary humanitarian cessation of hostilities in order to bring the vaccinations and materials needed from regional countries Ethiopia and Kenya. The vaccines would be for polio and would have targeted children under the age of five who are living in rebel held areas in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

The Republic of Sudan denied these requests in fear of another Operation Lifeline Sudan, in which the government claims that aid agencies delivered food to enemy combatants instead of civilians.