The Jebel Marra massif in the very center of Darfur has long been a stronghold of the rebels who rose up against Khartoum’s marginalizing of Darfuris in general, and Darfuris from African tribal groups in particular. As a consequence, beginning in early 2010, the Khartoum regime has imposed a humanitarian embargo on much of the Jebel Marra region, especially eastern Jebel Marra. At least a quarter of a million people are affected, including women, children, and the elderly. Many have died; many more will die soon.
Humanitarian relief assistance is often blocked to particular regions of Darfur, but only regions of Jebel Marra have endured a five-year embargo on all assistance. The region is also targeted relentlessly by Antonov “bombers” that have sufficient precision to attack only civilian targets.
Life in Jebel Marra is extraordinarily difficult. Here are some images suggesting that life.
The source for this series of photographs is photographer Adriane Ohanesian, who courageously followed refugees hiding in the Marra Mountains | | http://time.com/3834434/sudan-darfur-rebels-civilians-photos/