Mountains of Sudan are in central Sudan. While politically,
culturally and religiously linked to South Sudan, they are not
officially part of South Sudan according to the Comprehensive
Agreement of 2005 (CPA)
Their status was left for further
negotiation at the conclusion of the peace conference, thus leaving
them in limbo as a sort of no-mans land between North and South.
The Nuba Mountains are for the most part under the de-facto military
control of the SPLA, the military force of the Government of South
Sudan. The Nuba Mountains are a region of very rough mountain
terrain surrounded on all sides by flat land, the Sahara Desert to the
East, West and North and savannas and swamplands to the South.
|Nuba Mountains, near Kauda
|houses in Nuba Mountains
The Nuba Mountains have been the last
refuge of the indigenous Nubian Church under 1200 years of onslaught
from militant Islam pressing down from the north.
Kauda is in a broad, relatively flat,
fertile valley within the Nuba Mountains which surround it like a
fortress on all sides. It is a highly defensible refuge.