Sudan launched the campaign because the people of the Nuba Mountain region wanted freedom — that’s the opinion of Faith McDonnell of the Institute on Religion & Democracy.
“Ever since that time, they’ve been bombing the Nuba with aerial bombardment,” she says. “They’ve been sending in militias to kill people and particularly targeting the Christians as well as the black Nuba people who are in an area that includes both African- and Arab-identified Sudanese.”
At present, approximately a half-million people are hiding in caves in the Nuba Mountains who are under the extreme threat of starvation because Sudan is preventing any aid from reaching the victims.
In the first genocide, the Nuba population was reduced by one-third. McDonnell is afraid Sudan is using the same approach in the second genocide. She adds that with little action on the part of Washington, “our friends in the Nuba region are being thrown under the bus.”
“If you compare the lack of response on Sudan to what we have done in response with pushing out Mubarak and helping to usher in very questionable governments in both Egypt and in Libya,” she says, “it’s just incomprehensible to me.”
McDonnell urges listeners to contact their elected representatives to promote passage of the Sudan Peace Accountability and Development Act (HR 4169), and to encourage their churches to pray for a spiritual breakthrough to end the violence which has been ongoing for two-and-a-half decades.