- "It has been brewing for quite a while, the rebellion in Kordofan.
- The Federal Ministry of Health reported to WHO an outbreak of yellow fever in the South Kordofan State.
- Central Sudan, particularly in the state of Southern Kordofan, has been hit by heavy fighting recently.
- The Chinese were snatched on Oct 18 while traveling near an oil field in the southwestern region of Kordofan.
- Diplomats in Khartoum have speculated that local militiamen in Kordofan, the region where the incident took place, may be responsible.
- Even so, there has been growing tension in the oil rich region of Kordofan in recent years, particularly ahead of next year's national elections.