The Islamists that run the Sudan, led by war criminal President Omar Bashir, are bombing the people of the Nuba mountains in Sudan in an effort to ethnically cleanse them from the Sudan. Most of them, like those in the South, are Christians. But as you’ll hear the leader of the SPLA (Sudan People’s Liberation Army) in the Nuba mountains say, Khartoum has declared Islamic Jihad on all people of Nuba, Christians and Muslims alike.
It’s so bad that planes carrying aid for the people of Nuba can’t even get in without fear of attacks from Karthoum. Well, almost all of them. Operation Blessing managed to find a pilot who would take them into Nuba, flying through the clouds, and thus were able to deliver some well needed medical aid to the people:
This is what gets me. The people flying that plane into Nuba were risking their lives to deliver medical aid. At any point they could have been detected and they would have surely been fired upon by a war plane from the North. I can’t imagine what it must’ve been like to be on that airplane. These people are making a difference.
Here is the donation page for Operation Blessing.
Here’s an article that was written yesterday in the Miami Herald:
NAIROBI, Kenya — Nearly three months after it started, a bloody conflict in the isolated hills of remote Sudan continues, largely unremarked on by either the news media or international diplomats. …
“The bombing is terrorizing the civilian population, driving many into caves and onto mountaintops. It is totally disrupting their lives and cultivation of food,” said Jehanne Henry, a researcher for Human Rights Watch who visited the area recently.
Earlier this month, the United Nations found that Sudanese government actions in the Nuba Mountains could amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity.
The reports correspond with what McClatchy Newspapers found during a visit to the war zone in late June and early July. Eyewitnesses told McClatchy Newspapers that government helicopters had strafed fleeing civilians, government aircraft had bombed villages from the sky and that suspected opposition sympathizers had been executed in government-controlled areas.
The report Tuesday, a collaboration between the two human rights groups, also accused Sudanese President Omar al Bashir of breaking a unilateral two-week cease-fire he had declared on Aug. 23.
An aid worker who is familiar with the area and has extensive contacts there confirmed that the cease-fire announcement never matched reality.
“The bombings continued just hours afterwards, and have continued nearly every day since,” said the worker, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the situation.
According to the aid worker, there have been at least 15 aerial bombings and two ground attacks by government forces since the cease-fire declaration last week.
The rebel group that is combating government forces in the area, the Nuba Mountains chapter of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, which was allied with southern Sudanese rebels during the long civil war that resulted in South Sudan’s independence from Sudan on July 9, rejected Bashir’s overture as a public relations stunt. When the country was divided last month, the Nuba Mountains remained in Sudan, even though much of their population identifies with South Sudan. …
The U.S. State Department has called the government cease-fire declaration a “positive initial step” and strongly urged the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement rebels to “show the same leadership and declare a two-week cease-fire as well.”
That stand has drawn criticism from a U.S. advocacy community that has long mobilized for tougher policies against Sudan, which has been accused of committing genocide in Darfur, another restive province, as well as atrocities during the wider civil war.
“Instead of putting out a public statement that validates Bashir’s empty promises, the State Department should be working toward a real end to the continuing violence against the people of the Nuba Mountains,” Amanda Hsiao wrote in a blog post for the Enough Project, a initiative under the Center for American Progress, a liberal Washington research center.