July 12, 2014

Christians Killed, Church Buildings Destroyed in Sudan Bombings

                       ©2014 Morning Star News

Sudan’s bombing of civilian targets in the
country’s Nuba Mountains in the past two months has killed at least 10
Christians, sources told Morning Star News.

Four children and an elderly woman were among
the victims of bombings in Sudan’s South Kordofan state as part of the regime’s
plan to rid the country of Christians, mostly black ethnic Nuba, in an effort
to render it solely Arabic and Islamic, Sudanese Christians say.

Church leaders and aid workers told Morning Star News that Sudan’s bombings
of civilian areas in its war with the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation
Army-North (SPLA-N) killed 14-year-old Abdo al Nour and Abdel Rahman Hassan,
15, in the village of Um Serdiba on June 13. In the same area on May 20,
according to the sources who requested anonymity, a Sudanese Air Force bombing
killed 30-year-old Kimmia Calals of the Sudanese Church of Christ, leaving her
nursing child motherless.

On June 17 in Tabalo village, a Sudanese bomb
from a Russian-made Antonov plane killed Yasin Salah, 16, and another minor,
Ado al Sawaq, the sources said. On June 11 in the same village in Um Dorain
County, 80-year-old Amira Ballula was killed when a plane dropped a bomb on her
house in the village of Tabalo, they said.

The bombers targeted two church buildings
belonging to the Sudanese Church of Christ on June 18 in Um Dorain. The aerial
bombardment also destroyed eight boreholes that provided water, a source said.

He said the bombers do not differentiate
between civilians and military installations. “They just bomb randomly on
civilians, who are innocents.”

Christians in Um Serdiba, El Nugura, Tabalo,
Alabu, and Tangal scattered to bushes and caves as the aerial bombardment
continued from morning to evening.

“Dozens of people have died [since fighting
broke out in June 2011] as a result of the attacks,” said an area source,
estimating that Christians accounted for about 40 percent of the civilian

In Um Serdiba, the Sudanese Air Force bombed
another church of the Sudanese Church of Christ, sending church members running
into mountain caves. Over three weeks, the Sudan Air Force destroyed three
church buildings