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Bishop of Kadugli, Sudan fears genocide

Bishop of Kadugli, Sudan fears genocide

Anglican Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail of Kadugli, Sudan was in Denver receiving medical treatment in early June and has been interviewed by Religious Dispatches:

The Sudan Armed Forces invaded the province of South Kordofan on June 5 and began house-to-house searches for opponents of the Khartoum regime, along with those of the wrong race, religion, or ethnicity. Many were rounded-up and taken away, or summarily executed. The Nuba, a number of peoples who populate the Nuba Mountains, were being hunted and killed. Aerial bombing campaigns were carried out. Tens of thousands fled. Reports trickling out of Kadugli, the provincial capital, describe it as a “ghost town.”

Armed men searched in vain for Andudu (who goes by his first name). But his church—the diocesan cathedral, a small brick structure, very humble by western Anglican standards—was looted and burned, as was his home.

RD: A number of American human rights experts have said that the killing and forced displacement of the Ngok Dinka people from Abyei in May, and their replacement by the Arab, northern-aligned Misseriya, constitutes “ethnic cleansing.” Is ethnic cleansing part of what is happening in Kadugli?

Since 1983, many Nuba people have been killed in Lubba Village—men, women, even children—put in huts and burned alive. The Sudan Armed Force’s Antonovs—Russian-made planes whose sight and sound is familiar to any child here—have done bombing campaigns, killing, maiming and displacing thousands of Nuba people.

Now in the current war which started two weeks ago and escalates day by day, thousands have been killed in Kadugli and bombed by Antonovs across the towns and villages of South Kordofan. The government of Sudan has blocked roads and closed the Kadugli airport. The humanitarian aid organizations have been obstructed from distributing food and other aid to families around and within Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan. That is death! This is the government killing its own people defiantly. This is ethnic cleansing, to grab up the land and its resources by driving out and killing the people of Nuba who are rightful owners of the land.

If I were not here in the United States, I might be in a grave in Kadugli by now, out behind our looted and burned down cathedral. By the grace of God I am alive. My people are being hunted down house-to-house, arrested, tortured and bombarded by their own government. Our homes, aid centers and churches have been burned down and the Nuba people are being trampled down.

The international community must also intervene to open up full access for the humanitarian organizations to supply people with food, water and medical care that will help marginalized people achieve freedom and peace. If the world stands idly by this time, then Khartoum’s troops and northern-aligned militias will bring genocide in the Nuba Mountains. This would be the latest genocide of many in an attempt at a “final solution” to the Nuba, as in the Khartoum regime’s stated purpose of eradication.

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