Sudan’s Nuba Mountain People Starved and Bombed

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For almost a year now the Islamist Government of Sudan regime in Khartoum has been conducting an extermination campaign against the black, African Nuba Mountain people of South Kordofan. Aerial bombardment, house to house searches and executions, and evidence of mass graves are indicators of thousands, if not tens of thousands, who have already been killed since the jihad began on June 5, 2011.

The Obama Administration and other world leaders were willing to move heaven and earth to bring down Egyptian and Libyan tyrants. So far, none is willing not even to bring down Sudan’s ICC-indicted war criminal president Omar al-Bashir, but just to prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths by pushing Khartoum for humanitarian access to those who are starving. Instead the Obama Administration, the United Nations, and other world leaders continue to deliberate and to allow Khartoum to control the deliberations by asking them what they will and will not accept. Khartoum, not surprisingly, has banned humanitarian access saying that food aid would be used to “feed the rebels.” In truth, why would world leaders expect the regime that again is creating the starvation and genocide to allow preventative measures?

Journalist Nick Kristof, who recently expanded his knowledge of Sudan from Darfur to other areas of genocide, admirably defied Khartoum by visiting the Nuba Mountains without a visa. Writing from the region, Kristof declared, “Like many others, I’ve denounced President Bashar al-Assad of Syria for his murderous repression, but the more than 7,000 estimated by human rights groups to have been killed under Assad is within the margin of error of estimates of the numbers of people killed by President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan.”

Almost 30,000 of the targeted Nuba fled from their homes and are now in Yida Refugee Camp, over the border in the Republic of South Sudan. The Sudan government has not hesitated to cross international boundaries and bomb the refugee camp, and other areas inside the nation of South Sudan. This week, one of the Sudan advocacy heroes in Congress, U.S. Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA), visited the Nuba refugees at Yida. As he greeted the people lined up to meet him, several young men held up a sign demanding, “Where are you Obama, the world president? Where are you, Banki Moon, UN boss? For how long do you want us to suffer?”

Mr. Wolf wonders the same thing. He recently wrote to President Obama describing Nuba Mountain atrocities. Wolf pointed out that this is “the very same government that the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) thought was deserving of legal representation in Washington, DC.” The congressman urged Obama to revoke the license of Khartoum’s attorney/lobbyist, Bart Fisher, and says that the license to represent the genocidal government should never have been awarded in the first place.

Meanwhile, at even greater risk than those at Yida are the hundreds of thousands who remain in the Nuba Mountains, hiding in caves, eating leaves and berries, and struggling to survive. While the Khartoum regime ground forces fight the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N), the resistance movement defending the people, Antonovs and MiG fighter jets continue to drop devasting anti-personnel bombs on civilians.

On February 1, 2012 the Sudanese air force dropped 8 bombs on Heiban Bible College, built by American relief group, Samaritan’s Purse. Miraculously, seeing this was a crowded first day of school, no one was killed or even injured. Two buildings were destroyed, though, that had risen on war-devastated land just four years ago. Victims of an even more recent bombing, reported by Kristof on February 22, were not as fortunate. Says Kristof, “Four women had been injured, the worst with a shrapnel wound that sliced open her chest and exposed her lungs.”

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  • UCSPanther

    There's a place in the dead genocidal dictators' club in hell that is reserved for Omar Bashir…

  • StephenD

    You suggest Obama isn't doing anything about this situation in Sudan. Au Contraire. You are very much mistaken. He has granted a WAIVER for Sudan to continue to receive American aid (our tax dollars) even though they will use CHILDREN AS SOLDIERS. Now why and how would such a waiver ever be granted unless you wanted to assist the Islamic north in destroying the people of the Nuba Mountains. Of course, they are in the way of the Oil that has been found recently in the region. Money talks…everywhere.

  • maturin20

    This is the most poignant snapshot of the Nuba people since Leni Riefenstahl. If the black and white video of this oppression could be narrated by a stuttering Congressman and it could also somehow lead to an invasion of Syria, the story would be complete.

  • LindaRivera

    Libya's Gaddafi was AGAINST the genocide in SUDAN and SUPPORTED the innocent Black Muslim and Christian victims of barbaric atrocities and genocide perpetrated by Sudan's Arab Muslim Bashir.

    Rights group condemns Libya visit by Sudan's Bashir
    By REUTERS
    01/07/2012 18:59

    Sudanese President al-Bashir, wanted by the ICC for orchestrating Darfur genocide, pays an official visit to Libya.

    TRIPOLI – Sudanese President Omar Hassan Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court on genocide charges, arrived in Libya on Saturday, drawing criticism from a human rights group.

    Bashir, wanted by The Hague-based court on charges of orchestrating genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, was met by Mustafa Abdul Jalil, chairman of Libya's ruling National Transitional Council, at Tripoli airport.

    Abdul Jalil, who visited Khartoum in November, has said Sudanese weapons and ammunition helped Libya's former rebels oust Muammar Gaddafi last year and take control of the North African country.

    Relations between Khartoum and Tripoli were strained during Gaddafi's rule because of his support for rebels in Sudan's western Darfur region and in South Sudan, which gained independence in July under a 2005 peace deal. http://www.jpost.com/VideoArticles/Video/Article….

  • LindaRivera

    It is evident that the Obama/Clinton administration and George Soros have nothing but contempt for severely persecuted innocents. US/NATO take the side of Muslim terrorists!

    Gaddafi was reformed and cooperating fully with the US and other Western powers. Gaddafi had his picture taken many times with American, British and European leaders. Gaddafi referred to President Obama as his son. Why did US/NATO go to war against Gaddafi and Libya? Gaddafi was fighting against Al-Qaeda.

    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, frontpagemag)

    U.S/NATO joined with Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah terrorists to wage relentless war for months.
    Barbaric Al Qaeda and Hezbollah who MURDER our troops in Iraq were considered desirable for placing in power in Libya. Making the world a safer place for Muslim terrorists. US/NATO have great guilt in making the world a far more dangerous place.

  • http://joiningourvoices.com Slater Armstrong

    Another amazing, hard hitting, and well directed article by human rights champion, Faith McDonnell. Thank you Faith, for your tireless efforts to bring these things to light of day in our awareness.

  • Ron Carnine

    Debating will not help the starving Nuba people. The United Nations and NATO need to act now, to stop these brutal tactics of the Sudanese tyrants. They are murderous cowards, killing innocent people and getting away with because they can't defend themselves. They need food, medicine and weapons so they can at least defend themselves. That is the right of every human being. The Congress should immediately begin dropping the needed supplies to these people. If Sudan tries to interfere our fighter planes should blow them out of the skies and bomb these barbarians.

  • Mel M

    Thank you Faith for once again highlighting the plight of Sudan's suffering people, and the complicity of western corporations and governments. Having pondered the question for many years as to why no US or other western administration gov't has acted to protect the Nuba (with the exception, perhaps, of the feeble, trepid and incomplete peace efforts of George W. Bush) I've come to the conclusion that the Muslim Brotherhood, (MB) which backed the current Khartoum regime, helped it attain power, and uses it as its base for international relations, is too well entrenched in the upper echelons of western society for any administration to confront.

  • Mel M

    The MB simply has its people too strategically well placed in western power structures, including the State Department, CIA, media, academic arena and other key institutions — even in the White House — to cross without facing serious repercussions! In fact, my bet is that B. Hussein Obama is not only a Muslim. I would not be the least surprised if he was also a card carrying member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Why else would he back so openly the removal of dictators throughout the Middle East who have opposed the Muslim Brotherhood, (like Mubarak and Ghaddafi), who have killed, perhaps, a few thousand innocent people; yet give a complete pass to mass dictators like Omar Bashir and his ilk who have killed millions and millions of innocents and are continuing to do so?

  • LindaRivera

    The Obama/Clinton administration are ALLOWING Black Christian and Muslim innocents of Sudan's Nuba Mountain to be starved and mass murdered. They are allowing these innocents to become victims of GENOCIDE. Is this because if US/NATO intervened, U.S. leaders top favorites, the Muslim Brotherhood would not come to power?

    Obama made a special point of inviting his favorites, the Muslim Brotherhood, to his speech in Cairo. Behind the scenes, America worked to oust U.S. ally, moderate Mubarak, in order to bring to power, U.S. leaders' top favorites, the Muslim Brotherhood, whose stated goal is the DESTRUCTION of civilization and global Islamic conquest.

    From the document of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America:

    The process of settlement is a "Civilization-Jihadist Process" and all the word means. The
    Ikhwan [Arabic for brothers] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad to eliminate and destroy the Western civilization from within, and sabotage its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers, so that it is eliminated, and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions.

    It is a Muslim's destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny…"