The Death of an African People?

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“The Government of Sudan has pursued a policy of genocide in Darfur. Hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children have been killed in Darfur, and the killing continues to this very day…Washington must respond to the ongoing genocide and the ongoing failure to implement the CPA with consistency and strong consequences.”

– Presidential candidate Barack Obama

The sounds of genocide in Sudan are getting louder and louder, but the White House does not seem to hear them. Like his Democratic predecessor Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama, who criticised the Bush administration when a presidential candidate for its lack of “strong consequences” in regards to the Darfur genocide, may be about to experience his own “Rwanda moment.”

Reports continue to filter out of Sudan of attacks by the Arab Khartoum government against the Nuba tribes in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan state. The Nuba are black African descendants of Sudan’s original peoples from the old Nubian kingdoms that used to reach to Egypt. The Nuba Mountains, an area about the size of Austria, became their refuge after their last kingdom collapsed in the early 1500s.

“Once again, we are facing the nightmare of genocide of our people in a final attempt to erase our culture and society from the face of the earth,” said the Right Rev. Andulu Adam Elnail, the Anglican Bishop of Kadugli, South Kordorfan’s capital.

The reports of indiscriminate air and artillery attacks against Nuba civilians as well as house-to-house searches targeting sympathisers of the anti-Khartoum resistance, the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM), are now being backed up by satellite evidence of mass graves. The Satellite Sentinel Project, which was co-founded by actor George Clooney, has released images that show what look like “freshly dug sites” near Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan.

“The DigitalGlobe satellite images contain many of the details and hallmarks of the mass atrocities described by at least three eyewitnesses to the alleged killings,” said Nathaniel A. Raymond of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

The Nuba fought on the side of the southern Sudanese against the Arab North in a civil war that lasted from 1983 until 2005 and ended when President George Bush negotiated the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). The black African southern Sudanese and Nuba had risen up against the North’s attempt to Arabise and Islamise under sharia law the whole country. Jihad was declared against them in 1989.

In the savage, genocidal conflict that followed, two million mainly southern Sudanese African people, who are mostly Christian and animist, perished. Tens of thousands of Nuba and southern blacks were enslaved and sold in the Muslim North, while hundreds of their villages were destroyed.

The southern Sudanese were rewarded for their defiance, incredible suffering and heroic efforts in defeating the jihad when South Sudan was declared an independent country only days ago, becoming the world’s newest state. The Nuba, however, did not enjoy the fruits of victory. Possessing no contiguous border with South Sudan, they were left cut off inside of the North with nowhere to go. Even worse, the CPA did not grant them longed-for autonomy but only “consultations” regarding their status. The Khartoum government is currently showing the Nuba its idea of consultations in the form of bombs and artillery shells.

The North’s leader, Omar al-Bashir, is currently wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide in Darfur, where tens of thousands of black African Muslims were massacred by government troops in another civil war that started in 2003 and is still continuing. The land where the Darfur Africans have been ethically cleansed is now often occupied by Arab settlers.

The governor of Darfur at the time of these crimes, Ahmed Haroun, is also under ICC indictment for genocide. In an insult to the international community, Haroun recently became governor of South Kordofan where he is most likely expected to put his unique, genocidal talents to use once again.

Unfortunately, he hasn’t disappointed his superiors in Khartoum in this respect. Haroun ethnically cleansed in May an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 Dinka tribesmen from Abyei, an area of South Kordofan contiguous with South Sudan whose future was to be decided by referendum. Since Haroun has rid Abyei of most Dinka, the referendum can now go Khartoum’s way, and Abyei will become part of North Sudan. Despite the recent African Union-brokered decision to deploy 4,200 Ethiopian troops in Abyei to create a buffer zone between North and South, Bashir has stated “Abyei remains an ‘an integral part’ of the North Sudan.”

Haroun is also tightening the noose on the Nuba. Human Rights Watch reports that thousands of people are fleeing the area with “almost hourly reports from Nuba on the ground and in the diaspora that the number of women and children fleeing into the bush is growing rapidly.

“The World Council of Churches, with close ties to the people of Nuba, reports that as many as 300,000 civilians are besieged and cut off from relief assistance,” states Human Rights Watch. “Humanitarian conditions have deteriorated precipitously, with critical shortages of water and food already reported…Khartoum’s forces have permitted the looting of UN World Health Organization warehouses in Kadugli, which contained critical and other humanitarian supplies.”

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  • Larry

    That's all right, you are allowed to kill them because they are Christian. <sarc>

    Nobody bothers to get upset about the tens of thousands of Christians that are being killed all around the muslim periphery and interior every year, simply because they are Christians, and as is self evident, the self styled "intelligentsia" of the left who control most of the media hate Christians with a passion.

    • Toa

      Pure and simple…right on target.

      • Arius

        Yes, it is self hatred.

    • michael

      where is your god larry? shouldn't he be the one doing something about this?(all powerful…)

  • Amused

    WHERE"S THE POPE ? Where's the Eastern Orthodox Pope ?Where's Perry of Texas or Bachman , you know , they get "messages from Above " . Christians are being perscuted in LITERALLY EVERY MUSLIM dominated land . The Christian leader in Turkey , himself , is being harrassed .Where's the Baptists , Pentecostals and Presbyterians in America ? Where's the Church of England's Archbishop of Canterbury ?The catholic church is rumbling with China over the control of their churches , but hardly a word about MUSLIMS killing their members . US troops in Iraq , and Iraq is one of the biggest OFFENDERS in the persecution of christians , soon to be surpassed if not already , by PAKISTAN , another of our ALLEGED allies and recipients of billions our tax dollars ! Cuba our "arch-enemy " , pales in comparison to our "allies " in persecution of Christians . EVERYONE"S AFRAID TO CALL OUT ISLAM AND MUSLIMS …………..and you Shapiro are worried about what the President you detest says, on persecution of a tribe in Sudan ?

    • Larry

      The Archbishop of Canterbury is a complete and utter prat, and is already on record as supporting the introduction of sharia law in the UK. In his case I think there is a real case for the QofE to assert her position as the Head of the Church and sack him, and veto every wetrag liberal that they bishops put up until they get one with some guts and a backbone.

      • jonmc

        I'm not sure that Her Majesty has that power – in fact I'm pretty certain that shes doesn't.
        The second point is a good one though: when Williams retires HRH will have to confirm the next Archbishop. At that point she could hold out as you say – though I'm hopeful about John Sentamo to be honest.

        • Larry

          She does have that power, whilst she can't appoint a new Archbishop, she can sack one, and veto the selection of one until she gets one she approves of.

      • mlcblog

        Charles is head of some kind of big royal-embracing Muslim presence in Britain. Bye bye, Brits as we have known them? Will they be able to hold a hard line whilst cozying up? Time will tell.

  • Amused

    Dont get me wrong Shapiro , I agree that Obama should be saying something , but GOOD GREIF MAN , get your priorities straight ! The argument you pose is UPSIDE DOWN !
    …And that is because , you are before ALL else , A Partisan !

  • BS77

    Let's face it.. most of .Africa is a nightmare….Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda, Zaire, Zimbabwe, NIgeria and Sierra Leon…. nightmare of violence, filth, poverty, ignorance, corruption, endless war and misery….It is hard to imagine how terrible conditions are for women, children and the elderly.

    • johnnywoods

      Hey BS77, you left out Islam and Animism in you list of African woes,

  • Zinnia2

    yes, and Hillary is giving recognition to the rebels in Libya, so look for more of the same – but unbeknownst to many, Christianity is spreading greatly thru satellite and the internet.

  • steven l

    Republicans and democrats are in bed with the Muslims for oil. Another disheartening fact of life is that many "leaders" in black Africa are also in bed with Muslims petro$ at he expense of their own people. The West does not show any moral standing when it comes to the interest of the people of black Africa,
    Israel can give many lessons to the West, the East and to the Muslims.

  • Chezwick_mac

    Darfurese vs Nuba: Why are the former important to George Clooney and the Hollywood crowd…but the latter are veritably invisible, with no champions on the Left?

    The answer is obvious: The former are Muslims, the latter are Christians. To have Christians defending Christians would be in bad taste, a bit too "parochial" for the diversity crowd.

    And so, we celebrate anew Orwell's maxim: "[All are equal, but some are more equal than others]".

    • FJHMcDonnell

      Actually, George Clooney has been quite admirable. He started out on Darfur, but over the last couple of years he has learned the whole history of Sudan and has been just as much an advocate for the Christians. He went all the way to Marial Bai, a very remote and not easily accessible area of Bahr el Gazal before the Referendum. His Satellite Sentinel Project is revealing the evil of Khartoum in Nuba Mountains and Abyei, not just Darfur. As someone who has worked in advocacy on Sudan since 1997, I wish we had had a George Clooney on our side then, but I am sure glad we do now.

      • Chezwick_mac

        If this is true, than my hat off to him.

        • Toa

          Dittoes to that. I've always had a low opinion of Clooney, but if what McDonnell says is true, 3 cheers for George Clooney.

  • LindaRivera

    Obama is supposedly half Black, but he does NOT identify with black people. Possessed with a stone cold heart, Obama demonstrate no compassion whatsoever for severely persecuted black innocents.

    One critic said of Obama's selection of Gration that he followed a “notorious policy of appeasement” with Bashir, wanting to “make friends” with the criminal regime…
    Winter was critical of Gration’s “seemingly intimate relationship” with North Sudan’s leadership…
    “Perhaps Gration’s approach …are related to the Administration’s commitment to ‘reach out’ to the Arab and Islamic world,”

    The terrifying, heartbreaking truth: Allowing barbaric atrocities, slavery, and genocide of black innocents is ruthless Obama and his inhuman administration's method of REACHING OUT to the Arab and Islamic world.

    Weep for American that this has what our great nation has come to.

    And weep for the terrified African Nuba who are being hunted down by savage monsters with no one to help them.

  • StephenD

    You make like the President isn't aware or at worst is merely staying neutral to all that is going on in Sudan. WRONG. Remember, he has granted a waiver to Sudan so that they can continue to receive our tax dollars even if they use CHILDREN SOLDIERS. You see, it isn't that he doesn't care. He truly does care. Just not for the side you think he would.
    Name one time when he has done other than a Socialist, America Hating Islamist would do.

    • trickyblain

      "Name one time when he has done other than a Socialist, America Hating Islamist would do."

      Well, killing bin Laden would be one. A socalist probably wouldn't continue the lowest tax rates on the uber-wealthy in world history, as well.

  • Amused

    Oh TAKE A PILL Linda !! , your fangs are showing again . There is not another on this board so filled and dripping with hatred of one man , as YOU .And out of the other side of your mouth you quote scriptures ? Obama is "allowing " this ? What kind of bullsheet is that ? You sound like a muslim , blaming everything wrong in the universe on the jews , just substitute the word Obama for Jew .
    Do a little introspection and examine your own soul , it is infected with that which you rail against . If you must ,scream at your Pope . he should be at forefront of such protest , it's his JOB .

    • LindaRivera

      More ridiculous statements. I don't have a Pope.

      • mlcblog

        I think Amused may be offering a good suggestion. Take a breath.

        • claire Budd

          You're all missing the point. Nuba people are Christian AND Muslim. The brokers of the CPA failed them completely and need to act to stop Bashir the butcher – it matters little what faith he has, he is and evil man unworthy of calling himself god-fearing in any capacity. We need to act to stop him.

          • mlcblog

            Thank you. I didn't know.

  • LindaRivera

    The U.S. and Western nations have the power to stop the suffering and genocide. If the U.S. and Western nations allow this genocide to take place, they will have blood on their hands. A lot of blood. They will go down in history as horrific enablers, aiders and abetters of barbaric atrocities, enslavement and genocide.

  • LindaRivera

    Hundreds of thousands of black African South Sudanese Christian women and children have been taken for slaves by Sudan's cruel Arab Muslims.

    Jihad Slavery in Sudan, with Dr Charles Jacobs


    • Amused

      Linda are you that naive , to think that the Sudan is the only place were humans are exterminating each other ? In Africa alone there are almost 15 nations where this is going on …or has gone on , or will go on .You mention children soldiers , , that is not unique , by any means , children are routinely kidnapped and made into murderers . If ANY president of the US , attempted o get involved in each and every one of these , there would be time for little else , not to mention , this wouldn't be stopped anyway .AND THATS JUST AFRICA …what about Asia ? Tibet ? Myanmar ? Indonesia ? Malaysia ? Thailand , Cambodia , North Korea ? If you can't be fair , then atleast be reasonable , you can not blame this on ONE man , or even ONE country . If so , then every single human being on the face of this planet has got blood on their hands also .

      • Crazyhorse

        The topic is Sudan here..Jannisaries is a muslim ottoman system adopted by others…The US stopped this once back in T.Jefferson's time-this is where the US Marine it's start..They might have to do it again,but US does not know who their real enemies are yet..

  • mrbean

    The only people who can solve the problems of Africa are Africans themselves. It is only they who can change their leaders, end corruption and bring about transparency in government and end the African wars. Only they can stop the continent's massive brain drain. This was brought home to me, a number of years ago, at a dinner I was invited to in honor of a new Nigerian ambassador to the United States. During his speech, he admonished the Nigerian professionals in attendance to come home to help the country develop. The Nigerians seated at my table, and nearby tables, fell into quiet laughter. —- Walter Williams

  • FJHMcDonnell

    Thanks for keeping the issue before FPM readers, Stephen. The brave fighters of the SPLA-North are doing their best to defend the people against the Islamist regime with little help from anyone. Together, with only minimal support from outside — but more critically, no opposition from a U.S.G. or U.N. on the wrong side of things — the marginalized peoples' forces of Sudan could defeat Al Bashir and his jihadists, and bring about the kind of free and democratic county that Egypt is not becoming and Libya will probably not become. The Nuba fighters – Christian and Muslim together – are brave, good men who deserve the support of the free world. @stephen l – we don't get squat of Sudan's oil. There are still U.S. sanctions against Sudan, including the oil. We SHOULD be in partnership with South Sudan for oil. Better us than the Arab world!

    BTW, The former Sudan rep. to the State Dept. is Roger Winter, though, not George Winter.

    • Stephen Brown

      Thanks, Faith, for your kind words. It breaks my heart we are not doing anything for the Nuba. These people are our natural allies against radical Islam but we do not seem to realise this. Instead of supplying them with aid and the means to defend themselves, we are leaving them to be slaughtered -again. The hardcore Islamists like Bashir do not view black Africans as human but rather as animals who deserve only one of two things: death or slavery. And what does the West do? It highly likely made a deal with Bashir that saw Sudanese troops occupy an oil-rich area in southern Libya last month to protect it from Gaddafi's troops. The moral bankruptcy and lack of insight of our governments concerning where our true interests lie is simply appalling. I am afraid we will be presented with a bill for this some day.

      – Stephen Brown

  • UCSPanther

    I hope the people of South Sudan can band together and make it clear to Omar Bashir and murderous minions that this is their land, and any attempt to steal it will cost them dearly. Bashir is an Arab version of Hitler in his views on the South Sudanese.

    On the plus side though, the Arab countries have been complaining and hollering about how South Sudan is a Zionist plot, so its independence is a blow for them.

  • LindaRivera

    To Amused,

    You don't think it is fair to stop genocide? As for your statement on other countries. I NEVER once mentioned getting involved in ANY other country!

    You claim that I am blaming one man and one country. I did NOT! I stated in my comment:

    The U.S. and Western nations have the power to stop the suffering and genocide.

    Why do you insist on stating things that I NEVER said in my comments?

    You state that in Sudan, humans are exterminating each other. NOT TRUE. It is a fact that Arab Muslims are exterminating black Christians and black Muslims!

    • Amused

      You show me how Linda , the slaughter in Sudan is nothing new . It went on during Bush , right down thru Nixon . The world is simply more aware because of lightning fast transmission of news . YOU ARE IN FACT BLAMING ONE MAN ….and tha is OBAMA , perhaps you should go back and reread your posts . Trouble with this blog is , everyone is so used to bashing and denigrating their President , that anyone who doesn't concurr is a leftist , marxist ,commie , or just plain EVIL. People are in fact exterminating each other in Sudan , Nigeria , Malaysia , Indonesia , Iran , Iraq , Afghanistan , Yemen , Syria , Lebanon , Somalia , Ivory Coas,t Liberia , Libya , Pakistan , Kurdistan , Kashmir , India ,Phillippines , Myanmar and others I can mention . . Where do you come off asking me such a question as " you don't think it's fair to stop genocide "???? You should stop and listen to your own words sometime Linda . Niether Obama nor the US can stop genocide , nor can the world , not without extreme force where killing who we believe vto be the perpetrators , is REQUIRED . How many wars would you see us in ?

  • LindaRivera

    To FMcDonnell:

    Yes, indeed: "The Nuba fighters – Christian and Muslim together – are brave, good men who deserve the support of the free world."

  • Fudgepackin Mohamed

    Why would anyone be stupid enough to think that the muzlim obama would give a rat's a– about some n—— in AFrica. Obama HATES everyone that is not muzlim and his actions prove the point. I have Nubian friends and cannot believe they are not allowed to immigrate here while the scum of the islamic world comes daily from saudi. America is f—- as we let these politicians be bought by the saudis then they do their bidding and use TV to get re-elected. Only God can settle with them and you know the franks, pelosi's and reids along with the royal saudi bush family will be right in front.

  • Amused

    Color bias is tghe same with arabs , as it is with anyone else , and in the case of Sudan , that bias includes b;ack muslims being persecuted by arab muslims .So much for islamic unity , which will never be . And before anyone of you wanmts to label the Libyan rebellion as something "bad " keep in mind that the rebelas include many tribes , and people who have been suppressed by muslim regimes for centuries , like the Berbers – The equivelant of the Kurds who have been and are being persecuted by the Turks , Iraq , Iran and others , most are muslim .

  • mlcblog

    Without reading the article yet, the question off the top of my head is Are the Nubas Christians? which would explain to me Barry's lack of concern. I shall read with interest to learn something here.

    • FJHMcDonnell

      The Nuba are both Christian and Muslim. They have lived together in peace and fellowship for centuries. There is a strong Christian church in the Nuba Mountains — both Catholic and Protestant. One of the strongest is the Anglican or Episcopal Church of Sudan, whose bishop, my friend the Rt. Rev. Andudu Adam Elnail, along with all of the Christians, are good friends and allies of the Nuba Muslims. And the brave and good leader of the SPLA-north is a Muslim, Commander Abdelaziz Adam Elhilu, with whom I would trust my very life. There are about 50 different tribes comprising the Nuba, but they are all hated by Khartoum because they are black Africans and they sided with the SPLA during the war.

  • Amused

    Dont worry , you need not read the article , you're on the right track if you're blaming "barry " .
    Oh , and you will "learn something here " .lolololol

    • mlcblog

      Yeah!! did my due diligence and read it. No surprises at all. Did learn what I sounded like in my days when I was as rabid as Linda.

      Linda, I probably agree with a lot of what you say. It just is so over the top and loses reason somehow and then becomes hard to follow or even read.

  • claire Budd

    You're all missing the point. Nuba people are Christian AND Muslim. The brokers of the CPA failed them completely and need to act to stop Bashir the butcher – it matters little what faith he has, he is and evil man unworthy of calling himself god-fearing in any capacity. We need to act to stop him.

  • Amused

    South Sudan is muslim AND Christian .Both are still populating in the north where they continue to be persecuted . The Muslims because they are black and not arab , the christians because , of course they are christians .

  • LindaRivera

    To F McDonnell:

    It is a wonderful thing to read from your comment that: "The Nuba are both Christian and Muslim. They have lived together in peace and fellowship for centuries."

    And it is clear from the rest of your comment that the Nuba are a very special people! G-D bless and protect these dear black African people – Christian and Muslim!

  • Amused

    The Nuba are no more special than Hindus in India , Buddhists in Thailand , Christians in Indonesia . Linda you wouldn't even know who the Nuba were , [ nor would any of the other dimbulbs here ] if you didn't have Brown throwing some red meat around to "get the gang fired up " . You know that ole' "Pavlovian response " works everytime . LOLOLOL…..the Nuba ! LOL…it could have been racoons along the Ohio River . The only difference is that the subjects are not salivating for food , but fuel for their OHS . Ha Ha Ha ! GOD CHRISTIANS ALL !!! Scuse me while I go and BARF .

  • LindaRivera

    To Amused:

    You ask: How many wars would you see us in ? Again, as I previously stated to you, I NEVER mentioned getting involved in other countries.

    I am not blaming one man, Obama! One man is NOT responsible! What a crazy thing to say! There are many people involved with decisions. Decisions are NOT made by one man! Decisions are made by the administration and by people we don't even know about.

    I don't believe in America running around waging wars! Just as the Founding Fathers did not believe in it! Not only that, there is absolutely no money. We are bankrupt.

    The Nuba are threatened with genocide. The very minimum, America, Europe, the UK and other Free World countries can do is provide the Nuba and South Sudanese with all weapons required for self defense and give them ongoing military training. It is the humane thing to do.

  • Summer Shields

    This author fails– as most "specialists" on the Sudan fail, usually on purpose– to present the role of the British empire in the manipulation of the Sudan and Africa.  Take the ICC in Sudan as a good example.  The ICC is a construct of British imperialists who want control of the planet's resources, like Bertrand 'dirty Berty' Russell and George Soros.  Today the British empire, centered in London with cronies in Wall Street, still hates national sovereignty every bit as much as they did at the turn of the 19th century.  Obama is their puppet and no nation is safe– neither Sudan nor the United States or any other nation until we free the world from the imperial grip of monetarism. The solution to violence and war is peace through development.  Humanity has a common mission. Defeat the financial oligarchy and we can succeed.

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