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Nuba Mountains is an area located in South Kordofan, Sudanmarker. The mountains cover an area roughly wide by long, and are 1500 to higher in elevation than the surrounding plain. It is arid there, but lush and green compared with most nearby areas. There are almost no roads in the Nuba Mountains; most villages there are only accessible by ancient paths that aren't navigable by motor vehicles. The rainy season extends from mid-May to mid-October, and annual rainfall ranges from 400 to 800 millimeters, allowing grazing and seasonal rain-fed agriculture.

Indigenous Nuba had been largely supportive of the SPLA during the Second Sudanese Civil War, which led to conflicts with Baggara Arabs armed by Khartoummarker. The region is currently under the control of the central government and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement does not have the option for Nuba Mountains to join Southern Sudanmarker. The ambigious situation and fears of future communal violence invoked concerns that South Kordofan could be the "next Darfur".

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