article by Jeffrey Gettleman - The New York Times

article by Jeffrey Gettleman - The New York Times

Sudanese Struggle to Survive Endless Bombings Aimed to Quell Rebels

As the Sudan government bombs rebels, the Nuba people have been forced to spend much of their daily lives in the rocky caves far above the valley floor.

Published: July 3, 2011

LEWERE, Sudan — Fatima Ramadan, mother of six, froze, her eyes shooting up to the sky.

“Antonov!” she yelled.

Little girls threw down the pebbles they were playing with. Toddlers, sensing danger, started to wail. About two dozen people grabbed the young and dashed up the mountainside into a cave. It was hot and dark inside, and the children’s eyes were wide with fear.

“I don’t like this place,” said Kaka, a 10-year-old girl.

Nobody does. And yet thousands of people live like this.

Photos: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

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