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Christians Bombed in Sudan by Government

ICC Note:

Christians living in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan continue to be the target of Sudanese bombers. As the government continues to fight a rebel group in the Nuba Mountains, Christians become a convenient target. Will the world speak up to protect the Christians in the Nuba Mountains?       

12/4/2012 Sudan (ChristianToday) - The Sudanese military in the last two weeks has bombed more non-Arab people in largely Christians areas of the Nuba Mountains - killing three Christians, destroying two relief agency structures and demolishing a Catholic Church building, sources said.

According to a story by Morning Star News, Dawla Angalo, 60, a member of the Catholic Church in Heiban, died in a November 17 bombing of the town in South Kordofan state.

Sources told Morning Star News that she died on a road as she was being rushed to a hospital.

The bombing also killed 40-year-old Khamisa Kuku, identified by a local source as a Christian woman, in the attack on civilian homes and other non-military buildings.

Four Sudanese government bombs hit Al Reka village also on November 17, killing Suliman Kuku, a 42-year-old Christian, area sources said. A 6-year-old girl unrelated to him who was injured in the attack, Nadia Tutu, is also a Christian, they said. Three houses including that of Kuku were destroyed in the bombing, according to online news portal Nuba Reports.

"It is very sad - we are losing our members," said an area pastor who requested anonymity.

Morning Star News said an Antonov airplane dropped six bombs on the predominately Christian town of Heiban on November 20, with three of them hitting the town's crowded weekly market and one destroying the Catholic Church building.

Mohammod Idris, 25, and Stephen Yousif, 23, were wounded in the attack, according to Nuba Reports. An area source told Morning Star News they are Christians.

"They are targeting churches - they destroyed the Bible school last time, and now the Catholic Church," said the pastor. Heiban Bible College was reduced to ashes on February 1 from an Antonov plane bombing.

Morning Star News said since South Sudan split from Sudan in a referendum last year, ethnic Nuba peoples 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-Arab peoples and Christianity.

In the town of Kauda on November 21, a government airplane dropped 14 bombs, some of which destroyed two buildings of an unidentified aid agency, according to Nuba Reports. The bombs also demolished the homes of Hamid Kuwa, Walid Ali, Taballa Khamis, and Awad Khalil, according to Nuba Reports; the news portal noted that 25-year-old Enas Azhari and Manal Kuwa, 32, sustained minor injuries. A Morning Star News source said they are Christians.

Run by aid worker Ryan Boyette, who remained in South Kordofan after his Christian humanitarian organisation was forced to evacuate when military conflict escalated last year, Nuba Reports' stated goal is to credibly report attacks on civilians, as the government has forbidden media and aid agencies access to the area.

Morning Star News said several bombs were dropped with the apparent aim of destroying food sources of SPLA-N rebels in the area, which also affected civilian supplies.

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