AND YET IT CONTINUES
Several months ago, DigDeep went to Washington to urge Members of Congress to consider action in support of the Nuba people - victims of a campaign of terror orchestrated by their own government in Khartoum. (http://bit.ly/rhTtzr) At the time, Omar Al-Bashir (Sudanese President and indicted war criminal), had been carrying out a genocidal campaign against Christians, political opponents and ethnic Africans in South Khardofan state, Blue Nile state, and in the Nuba Mountains along the Southern border.
Today - months later - the indiscriminate bombing of civilian targets continues… as do door-to-door exterminations, crop burnings and the deliberate targeting of schools and hospitals. Hundreds of thousands have fled to refugee camps in neighboring Ethiopia and South Sudan, and still more wait in mountain caves without reliable access to food, education, medical care or WATER.
Just last week, bombers crossed the new international border into South Sudan and bombed refugee camps, resulting in the withdrawal of Oxfam and several smaller NGO groups from the region. (http://to.pbs.org/tXgFae)
Without our attention, there will be no pressure to change a desperate situation. It may even reignite war with the neighboring South - our primary area of operations.
As Amnesty International’s Crisis Director wrote in this week’s New York TImes, “With aid organizations and independent observers prevented from reaching the population in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, the Khartoum government is largely succeeding in its strategy to keep the world from knowing what is happening.”
Pray for the people of southern Sudan. Write your congressperson. Better yet, call them. (phone numbers here: http://bit.ly/9aRfT0)
And stand up for human rights where ever they’re in jeopardy.
Join us. And DigDeep.
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Click the picture above for a blog post on the current refugee situation from Donatella Rovera, Crisis Director of human rights advocacy group, Amnesty International.