According to local sources, the Sudanese government dropped four bombs on an Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) complex in Tabolo, a small, predominantly Christian town in the Nuba mountains. Following the succession of South Sudan in 2011, Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir has waged a campaign against the nation’s Christians in pursuit of establishing a “purely Islamic society” across Sudan.
10/16/2014 Sudan (Morning Star News) – The Sudanese Air Force dropped four bombs on an Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) complex in the Nuba Mountains on Friday (Oct. 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 Sept. 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.