Sudan’s Recurring Nightmare

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Sudan is a kind of diabolical Groundhog Day. In the film by that name, Phil Connors (Bill Murray) re-lives the same day over and over again until he learns the lessons needed to change his life and save the lives of others. In Sudan today, people of the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile State are re-living the horrific nightmare from which they thought they had finally awakened after the signing of Sudan’s 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. But in this case, it is the United States government that has failed to learn the lessons needed to change conditions and save the lives of others.

Along with the citizens of what is now the new nation of the Republic of South Sudan, the people of the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile State were for decades mercilessly persecuted and slaughtered by their own government. Starvation and enslavement were used as weapons of war along with ground combat and aerial bombardment. The hallmark of Khartoum’s multiple declarations of jihad against its own people is the deliberate targeting of civilians and particularly of Christians. In the case of Blue Nile State, one Sudanese military commander, Taib Musba, was responsible for the killing of 15,000 Uduk Christians in the mid 1980’s. Some he killed personally by driving three-inch-long nails into the tops of their heads. Others were crushed by a 50 ton Soviet-made tank.

Deliberate targeting of civilians is also the hallmark of Khartoum’s current offensive against the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile State. Since June 5, 2011, the Islamist regime’s forces, aided by militias, have been conducting an ethnically-based extermination campaign in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan State while attempting to crush the resistance movement of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM/N). And in September they began attacking Blue Nile State, as well.

In June Islamist militias first conducted a door to door search looking for Nuba with orders from ICC-indicted war criminal President Omer al-Bashir to “sweep out the trash,” and whenever they find a Nuba to “clean it up.” The horrific “cleaning” has been verified by the Satellite Sentinel Project. This invaluable effort, started by actor George Clooney, has provided evidence of mass graves believed to be of some 7000 people that were rounded up at the UN compound in the capital city of Kadugli by Sudanese government collaborators and massacred. Since June, regular aerial bombardment has killed many and sent hundreds of thousands to seek refuge in caves and beyond in South Sudan.

To add to the nightmare, Khartoum began attacking Blue Nile State in September. Unknown numbers of men, women, and children have been killed and tens of thousands have been displaced, even as the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA/N), the resistance movement’s forces, fight to protect the people and maintain territory. The people of Blue Nile and the Nuba now face starvation in government-orchestrated famine. Khartoum has banned all humanitarian assistance from the regions. Now Sudan’s rainy season has ended and Khartoum is resuming land attacks, moving mechanized infantry columns into place, in addition to aerial bombardment.

On November 3, Khartoum announced the capture of Kurmuk, the capital of Southern Blue Nile State, by Government of Sudan (GOS) forces. These forces include both the regular Sudanese army and Mujahedeen and Janjaweed transferred from slaughtering civilians in Darfur civilians to slaughtering civilians in Blue Nile State. According to Blue Nile Association North America, “before entering Kurmuk the GOS forces used aerial bombardment, heavy artillery and helicopter gunships targeting the city of Kurmuk and the surrounding areas, destroying water storage tanks, churches, schools and civilians’ homes.” Tens of thousands of indigenous people were displaced, injured, and killed. Khartoum may also have employed chemical weapons. Many of the injured SPLA/N soldiers “had strange bleeding from their ears and noses.”

Reports on the ground confirmed that all of the villages and towns in the 100 or so miles between Damazin city and Kurmuk as far as the Ethiopian border were completely looted, burned and destroyed by the invading forces. The Blue Nile Association stated that ICC-indicted war criminal president Omer al-Bashir had declared following the secession of South Sudan that there was “no room for any talk about diversity.” He announced that Sudan was now a “pure Arab Islamic State.” “It seems that after this campaign and the campaign in South Kordofan President Basher [sic] is following his words to eradicate and cleanse the indigenous people in Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains of South Kurdufan,” the Blue Nile Association declared.

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  • Sam

    What a bunch on made up fabricated hollywood lies. What an insult to this website that such a person come and make up such stories. Shame on who speak of being part of a church alliance and spitting such lies. You have no faith and you will be judged for this one day ! Shame on these church groups that are so gullible to beleive these stories without seeking the truth – have you turned so blind by your prejudice !

    • Ronald W. Carnine

      Don't know where you are getting your information. There are no lies about Sudan, the situation there is dire. Islamic hordes are heartless, killing and raping and pillaging. I've was a pastor for 20 yrs and was a LEO for 16yrs. and have followed the situation in Sudan carefully and it is a terrible holocaust taking place in plain sight. Christianity to be true to itself cannot deny the obvious and must speak out about the oppressed. Christ would have us do nothing else.

    • Anamah

      Only this time I beg George Clooney to present the case to stop the horrific killings. Al Bashir is a perverted criminal as many of the other jihadis persecuting an Islamic regime by the killings and mutilation of thousands of defenseless civilians. Shame on the U.N., shame on Obama and Clinton and for the hypocrite of the Islamic world … Nobody is willing to stop this dramatic cruel unforgiving attack on the human dignity. They want to live as Islamic, people want to build a free society.

  • Yakub Bugal

    I support the peace by U.S that urge Darfur but, my consideration is Bashir government if you will leave Bashir in power the war is not going to end becuase he had been in power 22 years. This nightmare is from war that happen from evil man wanted by ICC the only way is to change President of North Sudan to new one than him to see what is going to happen in the future. Government of Sudan used to agree on peace but they want to be in power by themselfish and creat the problem with any way or denies something wrong by means. How many times Sudan peace, peace, peace what kind is this counrty any way thanks God bless Sudan.

    • Faith

      Dear Yakub: You are SO right about the futility of it all if Bashir is left in power, or if Bashir is replaced by another of his sort — someone who wants Sharia, no freedom for all people. There is a growing group of American activists who are endorsing those who want freedom and democracy in Sudan. And there are many in Congress who want this too. If things continue the way they are, it won't matter what Obama Admin or the U.N. think, the head of the snake will be cut off once and for all!

  • StephenD

    "The State Department…urging “both sides to fully commit” to African Union talks …."

    Watch if this thing actually gets some press coverage. The President, if forced to speak on it, will frown at the camera and express his deep desire and belief that this can be resolved peaceably. How if they would only come together and discuss their differences. (in the background we'll hand them tons of money, equipment and technology) and then walk away as if he accomplished something. The only thing he would have accomplished is putting North and South Sudan on morally equal ground on the world stage which is impossible in reality.

  • Jack

    Another amazing article on Sudan by freedom fighter, Faith McDonnell!!! It is incredible that commenters like Sam think, like their idol Bashir, their lies will be believed just because they say them over and over. There is no way to refute the reality, and Bashir is doomed just like the demons that rule his heart, mind, and actions!

    • mlcblog

      This is just evil let to run wild. It always increases and gets worse until it is stopped. The only correction is to stop it. Decent people must stand against it.

  • LindaRivera

    US/NATO must give an answer as to why they waged war for several months for the most cruel and radical elements of Islam in Libya-winning the war for barbaric terrorists and handing over Libya to them. And why US/NATO ignores and ALLOWS the cruel, barbaric regime of Kharthoum, North Sudan, to wage savage war on South Sudan, Blue Nile State and the Nuba . And why US/NATO has not even provided the necessary weapons of self-defense to these terrified and desperate war victims.

    Admiral James Stavridis, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and the commander of the U.S. European Command told the U.S. Senate that Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah fighters are among the Libyan rebels currently receiving support from the US and its NATO allies. This was confirmed by one of the Libyan rebel officers, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, who leads one of the Al-Qaeda units.
    (US Aid to Israel’s Enemies, Oct 13th, 2011,

    U.S/NATO joined with Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah terrorists to wage relentless war for months. Bombing Libya back to the stone age.

    Barbaric Al Qaeda and Hezbollah who MURDER our troops in Iraq were considered desirable for placing in power in Libya. US/NATO have great guilt in making the world a far more dangerous place.

  • StephenD

    Let us not forget the other "motive" for them to do so. The place is loaded with oil reserves. The North Sudanese want it and right now it belongs to South Sudan.

    In all the world…money talks