October 18, 2014

​Sudanese Air Force Bombs Church Complex in Nuba Mountains

BY SUDAN CORRESPONDENT ©2014 Morning Star News

he Sudanese Air Force dropped four bombs on
an Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) complex in the Nuba Mountains on October 10,
church leaders said.

“The bombs have completely destroyed our
church compound in Tabolo,” the Rev. Youhana Yaqoub of the ECS in Al Atmor,
near the Tabolo area in South Kordofan state, told Morning Star News. “A family
living at the church compound miraculously escaped the attack, although their
whole house and property were destroyed.”

Kamal Adam and his family thanked God for
their safety as they watched their house burn from the bombing, he said.

Sudanese Armed Forces supported by the
Sudanese Air Force had destroyed the ECS church building in Al Atmor in a
bombing on July 6, sources said. Last week Russian-made Antonov planes of the
Sudan government bombed villages near Kuwalib in the Nuba Mountains, but no
injuries were reported, a Christian aid worker told Morning Star News.

Since the beginning of September, Sudan has
dropped 19 bombs on South Kordofan villages where only civilians were present,
Christian sources said.

Since September 24, Sudan has dropped four
bombs on farms in the Mardis area and six bombs on the village of Um Heithan in
Delami County. In Um Serdiba village, the government dropped five bombs, and in
Al Nougra village four bombs targeted livestock, sources said.

Since South Sudan split from Sudan in a 2011
referendum, Nuba people in Sudan’s South Kordofan state believe the
government’s goal of quashing Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N)
rebels is also meant to rid the area of non-Arabs and Christianity. Sudanese
President Omar al-Bashir has said post-secession Sudan will adhere more
exclusively to Islam and Arabic culture.

A Sudanese government soldier on July 12 shot a Christian, a member of the ECS, near his farm in South
Kordofan state, seriously wounding him, church sources said. Akhnouk Jamal, 27,
sustained wounds on his back and upper part of his stomach when a soldier
opened fire on him as he picked wild fruit near his land in Losher, west of Al
Atmor, a church source told Morning Star News.

Nuba Reports, based in the Nuba Mountains of
Sudan’s South Kordofan state, has verified 1,929 bombs dropped by Sudan
since April 2012. Of those, 756 were dropped since September 2013.

Thousands of civilians have taken refuge in
Nuba Mountain caves in South Kordofan, which borders South Sudan. The Nuba
people have longstanding complaints against Khartoum – including neglect,
oppression and forced conversions to Islam in a 1990s jihad – but as Sudanese
citizens on the northern side of the border, they were never given the option
of secession in the 2005 peace pact between northern and southern Sudan.

The rebels in the Nuba Mountains were
formerly involved with the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA)
forces fighting Khartoum before the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).
Fighting between Sudan and South Sudan broke out in June 2011, when Khartoum
forcefully attempted to disarm the SPLA-N in South Kordofan by force rather
than awaiting a process of disarmament as called for in the CPA. When the CPA
was signed in 2005, the people of South Kordofan were to vote on whether to
join the north or the south, but the state governor suspended the process.