Rep. Wolf: Time to Bring Sudan 'War Criminal' to Justice

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Ethnic cleansing, mass murder, and rape are something the people of Sudan face every day.

The Islamic regime in the North is continuing its assault on the Nuba Mountains, home to one of the country's largest Christian communities.

Now, Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., is asking the Obama administration to intervene.

Living in Fear

More than 25,000 refugees are living in Camp Yida, just 20 miles south of the Sudan border.

They have fled the fighting in the nearby Nuba Mountains, where the armed forces of President Omar Bashir are terrorizing people with daily air strikes and house-to-house raids.

One refugee woman said she lived in fear as bombs flew over her family's head every day.

"You just prepare yourself for death because there's nothing you can do when something is flying over you and you're just lying on the ground," she said.

Wolf, a long-time advocate for Sudan, recently visited the refugee camp, which is run by the Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse.

He is the first member of Congress to visit the camp in Yida. When he returned to the United States he held a press conference to make a plea for help.

"The world should be outraged; this administration should be outraged," the Virginia lawmaker said.

"And if it's happening in southern Europe, or southern Africa or southern Sudan, there ought to be a similar parallel of value. The people are the same here," he said.

Graham: U.S. Must Step In

Franklin Graham, who head's Samaritan's Purse, said the attacks could escalate into a full-blown war.

He told CBN News that the international community should establish a no-fly zone over the region and the Obama administration should work to broker a peace deal.

"You need to have somebody who is willing to take the leadership for peace," Graham said. "Yes war will break out. I think the U.S., I think President Obama has an excellent opportunity to bring all these sides together and hammer out a peace accord."

Wolf said what refugees need most right now is food, warning that if they don't get it, they could be facing a severe famine. He said Bashir and his forces have denied access to food and humanitarian aid.

Tom Andrews, president and CEO of United to End Genocide also called on the U.S. to intervene.

"We have half a million people facing starvation and the president of the United States and the secretary of state have to personally stand up and call upon him to lift that blockage," Andrews said.

Operation Blessing

The blockade didn't stop CBN's Operation Blessing International last summer from taking a team into the Nubas.

When the Operation Blessing President Bill Horan heard about extreme shortages of medicine there, he put together an emergency relief mission. The team brought in medicine and other medical supplies --enough to set up a temporary clinic.

Horan also witnessed firsthand the brutality of the Khartoum regime.

"A school was actually targeted, a school that was filled with children in school, in session - two huge bombs," Horan recalled.

"Thank God they missed but not by much -- two giant craters in the soil but it was close enough to the school that some shrapnel fell and penetrated the walls of some of the school buildings," he continued.

"One child was killed, and a whole group of children were injured," he said. Who in the world would target on purpose children?"

A War Criminal at Large

Bashir is an indicted war criminal for the genocide in Darfur. He also remains on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

"Bashir needs to be brought to justice," Wolf stated. "No American tax dollars should go to any country that welcomes Bashir - period. Absolutely, positively none."

The Nuba people suffered persecution at this level during the 1990s. Humanitarian organizations say the same people who killed more than 500,000 people back then are trying to "finish the job" today.

*Originally aired on March 16, 2012.

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