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Press Release — February 11, 2002

While Talking “Peace” Sudan’s NIF Forces Bomb Civilian Targets

Reliable sources in southern Sudan report that on February 9, airplanes dropped seven bombs on the airstrip in Akuem, in the province of Bahr el-Ghazal in southern Sudan, killing and injuring innocent civilians who were collecting food.

A crowd of civilians had gathered to receive food delivered by the UN World Food Program when shrapnel bombs exploded, spreading lethal pieces of jagged, molten steel. One of the targets was the compound of the medical relief organization Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres). Among the victims was a 9-year-old child who was killed and six women and children, including a 3-year-old, who were injured.

The bombing raid was carried out by the National Islamic Front (NIF) in Khartoum and deliberately targeted against civilians. The bombing occurred where there is no military presence – only civilians.

This latest act of aggression against the Christians of southern Sudan took place as Sudan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Mustafa Uthman Isma’il, was holding talks in Washington with US Congressmen. He was telling US lawmakers how his government wants peace. More than 2 million have already died in Sudan. Most of the deaths are the result of the campaign launched by the Islamic regime against the non-Muslim population in the South. The NIF has been deliberately bombing civilian and food distribution centers.

The Washington based human rights organization International Christian Concern (ICC) is urging the public to call their elected officials in Washington to warn the US Congress not to be fooled into believing the Khartoum regime’s deliberate plan to deceive America. ICC’s president, Steven Snyder, urges Americans to speak up for the defenseless civilians in southern Sudan. Snyder expressed, “With their lips the NIF speak words of peace while with their hands they shed the innocent blood of women and children.”