Sudan Christians Suffering Ethnic Cleansing

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NUBA MOUNTAINS, Sudan - Thousands of lives are still at risk as the Islamic regime of Sudan launches attacks in the Nuba Mountains.

Armed forces of President Omar al-Bashir are terrorizing people of South Kordofan State.

Now humanitarian organizations are speaking out, hoping to expose the ethnic cleansing of the Nuba people.

Daily Torment

The Nuba Mountains are home to one of Sudan's largest Christian communities.

Human rights groups say these believers are being tormented by daily air strikes and house-to-house raids from President Bashir's armed forces.

Bashir is an indicted war criminal for the genocide in Darfur.

At a recent Congressional hearing, Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf said it's important the church stands up for the persecuted Christians.

"I think the church in the West has to do a better job of advocating for the persecuted church," he said.

"If anything, hopefully, this hearing can not only motivate the administration, but also the church, leaders of all the denominations to come together to advocate for this," he said.

Pending Humanitarian Crisis

There have been reports of Bashir's soldiers burning down churches.

Bishop Andudu is the Anglican Bishop of Kadugli, the capital city of Sudan's South Kordofan. He testified to the devastation that has happened to his diocese.

"My house was shot with guns and my chaplain was able to escape through the window," Andudu recalled. "And also my offices and cyber café was burned down and capital as well."

Brad Phillips, founder of the Persecution Project Foundation, recently returned from the Nuba Mountains. He told U.S. congressional leaders that aid access to the region is limited.

"There is a serious humanitarian crisis that is approaching," Phillips warned.

"There are 70 to 90,000 people that are probably going to die in the next month to two months, because the roads are shut down to the north and the flights are not coming into the Nuba Mountains," he said.

Special Delivery

But that didn't stop a team from CBN's Operation Blessing. After being notified of the extreme medicine shortages in Nubas, Operation Blessing president Bill Horan put together an emergency relief mission.

"It was dangerous, but it was life saving," he said.

Operation Blessing's David Darg accompanied Horan.

"We found a pilot willing to fly us into the Nuba Mountains," Darg said. "We took off and flew most of the way under the cover of the clouds to avoid being spotted by the Northern war planes."

"We landed on this tiny dirt strip and then the scramble was on to unload the plane as fast as we could because we were told literally any minute the Antonov bombers could show up and start bombing the air strip," he said.

Soldiers from the Sudan People's Liberation Army drove the team several hours to the hideout of Lt. General Abdel Aziz. Aziz directs the liberation movement in the Nuba Mountains.

"The National Congress Party of Khartoum have declared jihad, Islamic jihad on all the Nuba, whether you are Muslim, whether you are Christian," he said.

"Nuba did not go and attack Khartoum. Nuba did not go and take anything from Khartoum," Aziz continued.

"Instead, Khartoum is the one exploiting the area. They are taking the oil. This is the only oil producing state in the north, in the remaining part of the country," he said.

Shattered Peace

The people of the Nuba Mountains enjoyed a six-year period of relative peace after the signing of the North-South peace agreement in 2005.

But that ended last June when the Northern government attacked Kadugli.

Horan was shown some of the destruction, including a school that had been targeted by a government Antonov plane.

"It's a school that was filled with children in session. Two huge bombs. Thank God they missed but not by much," he said.

"It was close enough to the school that some shrapnel fell and penetrated the walls of some of the school buildings," Horan said. "One child was killed and a whole group of children were injured."

"Who in the world would target--on purpose--children?" he asked.

Help for Nuba

Operation Blessing delivered an emergency health kit containing enough medicine and supplies to establish a health clinic that will serve 10,000 Nubian people for 90 days.

"Those medicines are now at this moment being used to treat the sick, the injured, the wounded in the clinics in the Nuba Mountains," Horan said.

"The people of the Nuba Mountains, no one can hear their voice. They're suffering in silence. We need to be their voice," he continued.

"The United States and all the nations of the free world, the United Nations -- they have to quit ignoring this and then they have to quit talking about it," he said. "They have to take decisive action."

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Gary Lane

Gary Lane

CBN News Sr. International Correspondent

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