Information on a Popular Defense Forces (PDF) military camp called Jebel Auli (January 2000 - August 2003) [SDN41960.E]

Information regarding a Popular Defense Forces (PDF) military camp called Jebel Auli could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

However, sources refer to an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp called Jebel Aulia, which assisted mainly southern Sudanese who were fleeing drought, famine and civil war (AFP 19 Feb. 2001; Medair 20 Mar. 2001). Sources say that Jebel Aulia, Mayo Farm, Wad El Bashir and Omdurman El Salaam camps were located close to Khartoum (ibid; UN 4 Aug. 1999) and housed approximately 70,000 IDPs (Medair 20 Mar. 2001).

In a 1996 report called "Children in Combat," Human Rights Watch (HRW) claimed that the Sudanese army took child soldiers to an army base at Jebel Aulia where they were proselytised and encouraged to become Muslim; however, no additional information was provided (HRW Jan. 1996).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Agence France Presse (AFP). 19 February 2001. Michel Sailhan. "Sudan's Displaced Eke Out Existence in Camps Around Capital." [Accessed 8 Sept. 2003]

Human Rights Watch (HRW). January 1996. Vol. 8, No. 1 (G). "Children in Combat." Human Rights Watch Children's Rights Project. [Accessed 8 Sept. 2003]

Medair. 20 March 2001. "Update of Current MEDAIR Projects: Khartoum Mar 2001." [Accessed 8 Sept. 2003]

United Nations. 4 August 1999. United Nations Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS). "Operation Lifeline Sudan (Northern Sector) Weekly Report: 04 Aug 1999." [Accessed 9 Sept. 2003]

Additional Sources Consulted

Africa Research Bulletin

Gunaratna, Rohan. May 2002. Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror. New York: Columbia University Press.

IRB Databases

Internet sites, including:

Africa Confidential

Africa Online

Amnesty International

BBC Africa

Daily Arabic News

Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Sudan Update

Sudanese Human Rights Quarterly

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