Disturbing news about more violence in “disputed areas” lying between Sudan and South Sudan are becoming more frequent and foreboding.
“Since May, the government of Sudan has used indiscriminate and disproportionate force, including campaigns to bombard civilians, in the three border areas of Abyei, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile State,” said Enough Project Executive Director John C. Bradshaw. “This irrefutable, visual evidence of massive military operations in Blue Nile State provides a human security warning to civilians in Kurmuk and the surrounding area.” Read the Washington Post article
I repeat my request that you continue in prayer and advocacy for our brothers and sisters in South Sudan.
For further reflection to inspire prayer and action
The situation in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan continues to worsen while we point fingers at each other here about whether we need to rein in the deficit by asking more from the poor or more from the rich. So much energy is being expended on the 2012 election while children and women are cleansed along with the men because they are the wrong tribe or wrong religion, African or Arab. Please continue to study (be informed), pray (it is more powerful than we know), and act—write your representative, the State Department, the President until the killing stops.�
With more than 200,000 people having fled the Sudanese army’s operations in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, along with the decimation of crops and evidence of mass graves, a cleric from the province and representatives of international civil society called this afternoon on the Security Council to act.
“We consider this as ethnic cleansing,” Andudu Adam Elnail, the Anglican Bishop of Kadugli, South Kordofan’s capital, said at a Headquarters press conference sponsored by the United States Mission.� The briefing followed his testimony before an emergency hearing of a Congressional Committee and during a day in which he was meeting with key Security Council members to motivate the 15-member body to effect a ceasefire, ensure humanitarian access, and authorize an effective form of international presence and an investigation of alleged human rights violations by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Read more:�Press Conference by Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail on Situation in South Kordofan.
See also: Satellite Sentinel Project
Let your study and prayer become action. Though a new country has been born the violence that is part of daily life in Sudan has intensified.
14 July 2011 | Overview Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has found evidence consistent with allegations that the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and Government of Sudan-aligned (GoS) militias have apparently engaged in a campaign of systematic mass killing of civilians in Kadugli, South Kordofan. Under the Rome Statute and other international humani- tarian law, the systematic killing of civilians in peace or war by their own government can constitute crimes against humanity. Read more
Using this report the Episcopal News Service offers the testimony of the Bishop of Kadugli. Let his words be a further invitation to prayer and action
Less than a week after South Sudan celebrated its long-awaited independence, Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail of the Episcopal Diocese of Kadugli has said it is “devastating and saddening” to learn that his people of the South Kordofan region, “friends, brothers and sisters, children, my flock, have been killed mercilessly and are lying now in mass graves in Kadugli.” Read more
Today, July 9, 2011, a new nation is born. The way forward won’t be easy. Continuing prayer, study, and action–especially from “we the people” will be necessary.
South Sudan raised the flag of its new nation for the first time Saturday, as thousands of South Sudanese citizens and dozens of international dignitaries swarmed the new country capital of Juba to celebrate the country’s birth.
Though Saturday is a day of celebration, residents of South Sudan must soon face many challenges. Their country is oil-rich but is one of the poorest and least-developed on Earth. Unresolved problems between the south and its former foe to the north could mean new conflict along the new international border, advocates and diplomats warn.
Violence has broken out in the contested border region of Abyei in recent weeks, and fighting is ongoing in Southern Kordofan, a state that lies in Sudan — not South Sudan — but which has many residents loyal to the south. The 1,300-mile (2,100-kilometer) north-south border is disputed in five areas, several of which are being illegally occupied by either northern or southern troops.
Read the entire post here: South Sudan Celebrates Its Own Birth : NPR.
Here is another plea for prayers and advocacy from the The Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper, Rector of Trinity Wall Street. Following the link to the post will open additional information about the situation in Sudan and give you contact information for persons able to bring about international action on behalf of those now subject to violence.
Dear Parish Family,
According to news reports and long-standing Trinity contacts in the area, a border dispute in Southern Sudan has grown violent and could threaten the creation of an independent state in July.
Trinity Wall Street has for many years supported the efforts of effective leaders in Sudan to build a society that supports the full flourishing of the Sudanese people.
After years of devastating mutually destructive conflict, a referendum on the independence of Southern Sudan was held in 2011, with 98% of people voting in favor of independence. Trinity, along with leaders and governments throughout the world, unequivocally supports these results as the only way to find a productive end to the suffering in this part of the world.
According to referendum guidelines, the predetermined date for the creation of an independent state is July 9, 2011. As we still optimistically approach that date of change, the only obstacle is politically driven violence.
Unfortunately, Trinity’s contacts, through close communication with the Rev. Canon Benjamin Musoke-Lubega, and Ms. Sarah Grapentine, our Anglican Partnerships staff, have informed us that terrible violence has recently occurred.
Read the entire post: Trinity Wall Street – News & Blogs – News – A Letter from the Rector on Prayer and Advocacy for Sudan.
More information for your prayers, study and action on behalf of the people of Sudan. The authors of this information (dated 15 Jun 2011) make recommendations about how our country could help those most vulnerable to violence in Sudan. Write your Representative and Senators urging action for the peace and welfare of Sudan, both north and south.
The international community must acknowledge that an undeclared war is now beginning between North and South Sudan says Sudan Now, a group of anti-genocide and human rights organizations.
The escalating violence in the Nuba Mountains of the country’s tense border region of South Kordofan is the latest flashpoint in this conflict, but characterizing it as an isolated or localized incident fails to recognize the intensifying conflict across the country. Three weeks away from South Sudan’s independence, the government of Sudan has undertaken military operations on multiple fronts, including the military occupation of Abyei, intensified bombing of Darfur, support for Southern Sudanese militias, an economic blockade of the South, and the most recent attacks in South Kordofan.
“The war between North and South Sudan has resumed due to the offensive military operations launched by Khartoum,” said John Prendergast, Co-founder of the Enough Project.
Read the post: Escalating War in Sudan: Urgent U.S. Policy Responses Needed, Say Rights Groups | Enough.
Use Episcopal Public Policy Network for more ideas about how you can act as an advocate:
In November 2010 the Presiding Bishop initiated a Season of Prayer, Study, and Action for the people of Sudan. A referendum in January 2011 approved the birth of a new nation, South Sudan (set for July 2011). There were fears that violence would escalate as the legal separation of Sudan drew closer. Those fears are being realized.
Please continue in prayer, study, and action for the people of Sudan. Here are 2 recent articles from NPR to inform your prayers:
Sudan sides agree to demilitarize Abyei dated June 13, 2011
Obama warns Sudan’s leaders to choose peace dated June 16, 2011
A Season of Prayer for Sudan – my original post dated November 20, 2010