In June 2011, conflict broke out in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile States of Sudan, between the Sudanese Government and opposition groups. President al Bashir’s stated aim is to turn Sudan into a unified Arab Islamic State, but the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains do not fit his profile.
Despite their claims to be attempting to disarm the SPLA-N, Khartoum is bombing civilian targets such as markets and schools in both the Blue Nile and the Nuba Mountains. As well as Antonovs and helicopters, long range shells, 500kg bombs and incendiary bombs are now being used. The purpose of the incendiary bombs is to burn crops and exacerbate food shortages to create famine. Civilians have been attacked and sevual violence has been used. In December 2012 a group of 70 women were arrested in Kadugli, South Kordofan. No one knows what happened to them.
As a result of these violent attacks on civilians, over 100,000 have fled their homes in the Nuba Mountains, as well as many in the Blue Nile. There are serious food shortages, as bombardment hinders agricultural production and stops markets from trading. People are surviving the bombs only to dies of starvation. There is little provision for healthcare and as a result people are dying of preventable illnesses. There is a deliberate denial of access to life-saving aid.
(From HART Newsletter No 21: Spring 2013)
Sudan is nation with an agenda that results in desperate acts against humanity. Pray for God’s mercy for those who suffer and for an end to injustice and acts of unrighteousness. As the Sudanese government forces Christians from its nation, these things seem less and less likely. We need to intercede on behalf of this nation.
This video which lasts for 48 minutes gives a view from the ground of some of the present situation and calls for prayer and action.