The warned about, man-made catastrophe in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains has arrived.
In June of 2011, the Omar al-Bashir regime in Sudan unleashed a wave of killing, rape, and forced starvation against its own people in South Kordofan province, home to the historic Nuba Mountains. Daily aerial bombardments and ground attacks against civilians have kept the Nuban people from being able to farm the land that is historically and legally theirs. With no food growing in the region and Bashir refusing to allow humanitarian aid in, hundreds of thousands of lives are now threatened by war-related causes such as preventable disease and forced starvation.
An Operation Broken Silence assesment team, a member organization of the End Nuba Genocide Coalition, slipped across the frontlines into the Nuba Mountains on the one year anniversary of the war in June of 2012. While there, the team witnessed the stunning results of the crimes outlined above. Market places are without food to sell or are completely abandoned. Small clinics have run out of the most basic first aid supplies. A failure to vaccinate the next generation of children has led to a measles outbreak. As the team drove further north into the Nuba Mountains, they passed through deserted towns, some being bombed and burned to the ground during the ongoing genocide being committed against the Nuban people. Those who survived fled across the border into South Sudan or further north into the Nuba Mountains.
With the atrocities ongoing and no signs of Bashir allowing direly needed aid into the Nuba Mountains, we can no longer wait and hope for other governments to step in and forcefully bring relief. Daily bombings, ground fighting, starvation, and preventable disease are claiming lives right now.
The End Nuba Genocide Coalition, an international network of organizations, faith-based institutions, and individuals has come together to raise funds for the purchasing and delivery of urgently needed humanitarian aid, including food, medicine, clinic supplies, and clean water solutions directly into the Nuba Mountains and to refugees who have fled to South Sudan. International bodies and other governments may not be willing to push aid directly into war-affected areas, but together we are.
Here is how you can help support these efforts:
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