Sudan’s Recurring Nightmare

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Not content to bomb men, women, and children in their own home regions, Sudanese Russian-built Antonovs recently crossed international borders and dropped bombs in the new nation of South Sudan where many people from the north had fled. On Thursday, November 10, Sudanese bombers attacked South Sudan’s Unity State’s Yida refugee camp, run by the Christian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse. And the day before, the Sudanese had bombed Upper Nile State, also in South Sudan.

At least 20,000 people had sought refuge at Yida, just over the border from Sudan. The refugee camp was hit by four bombs, three of which detonated, causing extensive property damage. Thankfully, no persons were injured. The one bomb that did not detonate could have been the source of greatest tragedy. It landed wedged into the side of one of the huts used as a school building, filled with some 200 children. But the commissioner of Pariang County, Unity State, reported 12 people killed and 20 wounded in the area. The aerial attack on Upper Nile State was reported to have killed 7 people in the area of Guffa. Church sources there said that the bombing was “serious and deliberate.”

With the kind of nerve for which it has long been infamous, the Sudanese regime denied the entire episode. “This information is completely false. We didn’t bomb any camps or any areas inside the borders of South Sudan,” Sudan Armed Forces spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad told the AFP news agency. “What is going on in South Sudan belongs to the southerners. We don’t have any links to this,” he declared. The Sudanese Ambassador to the UN, Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, similarly denied the charges, saying that the reports were “fabrications” and “there was no aerial bombardment.”

Meanwhile, the response of the Obama administration has been more of the same moral equivalency that has enabled Khartoum to continue on toward its final solution, an ethnically-cleansed Arab Islamist state, for years. On November 9, after the aerial attack on Upper Nile State, the State Department issued a statement condemning “in the strongest possible terms the aerial bombardment by the Sudan Armed Forces that occurred near the international border between Sudan and South Sudan.”

After saying that “indiscriminate aerial bombardment of civilian targets always is unacceptable and unjustified” the State Department states the obvious: “This attack only further emphasizes the need for an immediate halt to indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas by the Sudan Armed Forces…” The statement warns that this also further emphasizes the need for “resolution to the conflict through a resumption of political talks between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-Northern Sector.” It concludes by urging “both sides to fully commit” to African Union talks “facilitated by Thabo Mbeki.”

Apart from the doubt that many Sudanese have expressed concerning the former president of South Africa’s neutrality (since he himself owns a business in Khartoum), the idea proposed by the State Department that there can be a political solution to the conflict is absurd when the conflict is jihad. The oft-stated goal of Khartoum’s jihad is a pure Arab Islamist state. The majority of the Sudanese people do not want this Islamic utopia. They want freedom, democracy, and separation of church/mosque and state, and they have fought harder and sacrificed more for more years for it than any denizen of “Arab Spring.”

“We know very well the plans of the Khartoum regime, which is working on a strategy of demographic change and replacement of indigenous people with foreigners from Somalia and Niger,” said SPLM/N spokesman Arno Ngutulu in a November 11 press release. “We are more determined than ever to continue the struggle until the toppling of the regime and eliminate it from the roots completely,” the statement concluded. In this recurring nightmare in which those who want freedom and democracy in Sudan have to struggle against not only the Islamist regime in Khartoum, but must fight an uphill battle with the United Nations and even with the U.S. government, that “toppling” will not come easy.

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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