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07/07/2023 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – In mid-April 2023, two factions of the Sudan military began fighting each other, placing the civilian population, and especially Christians and members of the Nuba tribe, in great peril.

When the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), led by General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan, representing the Arab-Islamist Muslim Brotherhood-led Deep State of former president Omar al-Bashir, determined to absorb the mostly paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (“Hemedti”) from the eastern Darfur region, the RSF resisted, wanting to keep its paramilitary independence.

Now Darfur’s African tribes are again facing genocide at the hands of Sudan’s Arab militias. As a result, bombs fell on the predominantly Christian-populated Nuba Mountains June 12 for the first time since 2016. Just moments after a Persecution Project emergency relief and outreach shelter were completed, two Sudanese fighter jets flew over and dropped two bombs in the area, terrorizing the inhabitants.

Now “hundreds of thousands of war-weary Christians in the jihad-ravaged Nuba mountains—many of them genocide survivors—are again facing the specter of war and famine,” said the June 21 issue of Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin (RLPB), forcing Sudanese Christians to head south.

According to RLPB, more than 179,000 internal displaced persons have tried to flee the violence.

— J. Lindner