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Mit schuld an dem Elend sind die Engländer und Franzosen, siehe Weltchronik 16.2.2012

Schlachtfeld Sudan: Krieg gegen das Volk der Nuba. Süddeutsche Zeitung vom 15.2.2012. Reportage von Arne Perras

Der Südsudan wird frei – Deutschland an Vernichtungskrieg indirekt beteiligt – Christliche Flüchtlinge zurückgeschickt

(Von besonderer Seite, erhalten am 20.1.2011) Die Grenzlinie zwischen islamischer und schwarz-afrikanischer Kultur zieht sich mitten durch den Sudan. Seit Jahrhunderten hatte der arabische Norden nur am Sklavenfang und Elfenbeinhandel Interesse. So blieb der Süden im Gegensatz zum Norden total unterentwickelt. Mehrere Bürgerkriege zerfleischten das Land mit dem Ergebnis, dass mehr als 2 Millionen in den Kriegswirren und Hungers starben vor allem im südlichen Teil des Landes. Schwarze und Christen wurden als Menschen zweiter Klasse behandelt. Es gab die Versuche der Zwangsislamisierung und der Einführung der „Shariah“ in allen Landesteilen.

Mit der Entdeckung von gewaltigen Erdöl-Reserven im Süden und an der kulturellen Grenze ergaben sich neue Perspektiven. Inzwischen beuten die Chinesen, Inder und Malayen die Reserven des Nordens aus. Eine Pipeline wurde von den Chinesen bis zur Hafenstadt Port Sudan gebaut. An der Ausbeutung des Öls im unterentwickelten Süden haben vor allem die USA, England, Israel und die Franzosen großes Interesse.

Die Rolle Deutschlands ist nicht ganz klar, denn für Jahrzehnte stand Deutschland auf der Seite des Nordens. Sehr viel Kriegsausrüstung aus Deutschland ging über befreundete Staaten in den Nordsudan und verlängerte dadurch das unendliche Leiden und Sterben der Bewohner des Südens. Jahrelang wurden Offiziere des Nordens in Hamburg ausgebildet. Offiziere, die sich nicht scheuten, die eigene Bevölkerung zu bombardieren und massakrieren. Auch Daimler-Benz hat sich mit der Lieferung von Unimogs an den Kriegsapparat des Nordens versündigt.

Die christlichen Flüchtlinge aus dem Südsudan sind in Deutschland nicht gut behandelt worden. Immer wieder wollte man Flüchtlinge abschieben und den Terror-Regimen in Khartum übergeben. Nur weil sich einige Piloten der Lufthansa geweigert haben, Flüchtlinge in den Sudan mitzunehmen, ist ihr Leben gerettet worden. Da haben deutsche Gerichte und Richter Schuld auf sich geladen.

Trotz großer anfänglicher Schwierigkeiten hat der neue Staat im Süden des Sudan große Chancen, sich positiv zu entwickeln.
(Anmerkung: Wir nehmen die Verantwortung für die Veröffentlichung dieses Artikels auf uns, denn wir glauben, dass obige Behauptungen der Wahrheit entsprechen und dass wir uns vor dem Jüngsten Gericht verantworten müssen, wenn wir all diese traurigen Tatsachen totschweigen. Guami, Wache der Barmherzigkeit, 21.1.2011)

 
Sudanese militia, known as Janjawid, raided the Abga Rajil village, and killed at least 56 people. The violence has killed 10,000, displaced one million people within Sudan and pushed 100,000 people into Chad, according to the UN – which calls it the world´s worst current humanitarian crisis.
(aljazeera.net 24.5.2004)
Schrecken der Endzeit. Überall treiben Orks ihr Unwesen.
Fluch über die Janjawid!

Polygamy: El Bashir leads by example
Latest News From Sudan At Sudan.Net
News Article by PANA posted on March 06, 2002 at 00:17:15: EST (-5 GMT)

Security terror against innocent Sudanese Christian
This message was posted by Voices of freedom, posted on February 11, 2002
Sudanese convert to Christianity forced into hiding
[Latest News From Sudan At Sudan.Net ]- News Article by Compass posted on February 10, 2002
Khartoum Security Officials Beat, Threaten Former Muslim by Barbara G. Baker
ISTANBUL, February 7 (Compass) -- A Sudanese convert to Christianity was forced into hiding this week after severe beatings and torture by state security police, who for the second time refused to allow the former Muslim to leave Sudan through the Khartoum airport. Church sources in Khartoum confirmed today that after Aladin Omer Agabni Mohammed checked in for his Sunday morning flight on February 3, he was again turned back by security authorities. He had been told the night before that the travel ban blocking his previous trip on January 30 had been lifted, and that he should come to the airport the next morning to depart.Instead, Mohammed was taken off for interrogation by two security officers and two soldiers, who confiscated his passport as well as $200 and 1,300 Sudanese dinars ($5) and then beat him severely. The four officials used abusive language, reportedly calling anyone who converted! from Islam to Christianity an "animal." They threatened to "eliminate" him if he told anyone how he had been treated.When the police sent him away, he decided not to return to his previous lodgings and went into hiding. Mohammed's family home has since been searched, with two of his brothers arrested by the police to force them to confess where their brother is hiding. The former Muslim had been restricted to Khartoum after he was stopped on January 30, and given orders to report to the security police offices several times a day. He was kept under surveillance in his lodgings, and according to one source, received "nothing but insults, threats and some mishandling" every day from police officials. Church sources in Khartoum confirmed that in late January, security police had injected Mohammed at least three times with unknown drug substances that made him drowsy, taking him 12 hours or more to sleep off each dose. "He didn't know what was happening around him," the source ! said, "so we were trying to get him out of this situation." Mohammed was planning to travel via Uganda to enroll in a Christian seminary in Kenya. Now 34, Mohammed converted to Christianity 11 years ago while a university student. At the hands of the Khartoum regime's security police, he has since had his right hand broken, undergone torture with melting blocks of ice on his chest, and been beaten severely while under arrest. "The government here will not allow any Muslim to convert," noted a Christian leader in Khartoum, "and yet they are talking about Muslim-Christian dialogue. We cannot contend with this problem inside Sudan, without letting people outside know that there are injustices going on here."Sudanese law calls for the death penalty for a Muslim who commits apostasy by converting to another faith.

* Soudan. Cessez-le-feu  -  Le 19 janvier à Genève, le gouvernement
soudanais et les rebelles sudistes ont signé un accord de cessez-le-feu
historique. Celui-ci pourrait ouvrir la voie à une résolution du conflit du
Sud-Soudan, qui dure depuis 19 ans et a déjà fait 2 millions de morts. Le
gouvernement suisse et les Etats-Unis ont servi de médiateurs dans les
pourparlers entamés le 14 janvier. Une trève durable devrait entrer en
vigueur dans la région des monts Nouba, dans le centre du pays, d'ici à
demain (Ndlr. Elle a pris effet le 22 janvier à 9h., heure locale).La guerre civile fait
rage depuis 1983. Les Sudistes réclament une plus grande autonomie pour
leur région.   (Libération, France, 21 janvier 2002)

 

Die gute Aktion am Nikolaustag
Die Wache der Barmherzigkeit (Guami) fordert von der baden-württembergischen CDU-Landesregierung den Nachweis, dass der von ihr kürzlich trotz Todesgefahr in den radikal-islamischen Sudan zurückgeschickte christliche Flüchtling und Asylbewerber Maian John King noch lebt und human behandelt wird. Wir legen ihr andernfalls nahe – das wäre wohl aus ethischen Gründen angemessen -, sich reumütig selbst vor Gericht zu bringen mit einer Selbstanzeige. (6.12.2001). Außerdem würde es nicht schaden, wenn die christlichen Mitglieder der CDU-Landesregierung gemeinsam einen Bußgottesdienst besuchen würden. (6.12.2001)
Abschicken brauchen wir diese Botschaft nicht, weil ja alles überwacht wird und die Landesregierung in Stuttgart ohnehin eine Kopie bekommt.

 

Keine Flüchtlinge in den Sudan abschieben
Mainz (MBN). Die Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker, Göttingen, und die http://www.paxchristi.de/ Pax Christi-Bistumsstelle Mainz haben an den baden-württembergischen 
Ministerpräsidenten Erwin Teufel appelliert, dem Beispiel Hessens zu folgen 
und Flüchtlinge aus dem Sudan nicht mehr abzuschieben. In einem offenen Brief, der auch an die 
Ministerpräsidenten der übrigen Bundesländer versandt wurde, wird auf die 
kürzliche Abschiebung des südsudanesischen Flüchtlings John Kong verwiesen. 
Verzweifelte Bemühungen des Bistums Mainz, die Abschiebung noch zu verhindern, waren bedauerlicherweise gescheitert.

 
(E-Mail erhalten am 30.11.2001) Unser Zorn auf die deutschen Behörden, die trotz Verbots der Todesstrafe Asylanten in den Tod schicken, wächst ins Unermessliche. Nachstehend eine Zeitungsreportage zu diesem Fall:
 
Auf der Todesliste - trotzdem abgeschoben 

 
(Aus der Pforzheimer Zeitung, Nov. 2001)
   Es ist stockdunkle Nacht, drei Uhr morgens an der Eutinger Straße 15. Ein 
Mann klingelt Sturm. "Vielleicht 20- bis 30mal", erinnert sich Sylwia 
Smieszna, 24, Mieterin der Wohnung, an den Dienstag dieser Woche. 
"Aufmachen", ruft der Mann, als sie ein Fenster öffnet, "Polizei." Er ist 
einer von vier Beamten, die in die Wohnung stürmen. Nicht Sylwia suchen sie, 
sondern ihren Freund Maian John Kong. Er ist Christ aus dem Süd-Sudan, einer 
von rund 10000 Sudanesen in Deutschland, die vor dem Bürgerkrieg Zuflucht in 
der Bundesrepublik gesucht und gefunden haben. Zumindest bis zu diesem 
Zeitpunkt. Johnny weiß, was das Aufgebot bedeutet: Man wird ihn abschieben. 
Er wehrt sich nicht, fügt sich in sein Schicksal, packt ein paar 
Habseligkeiten in seine Sporttasche. In ein paar Stunden wird sein Aufenthalt 
in Deutschland, wo er seit April 1998 lebte, beendet sein. Man bringt ihn 
aufs Revier Nord, verweigert seiner Freundin, die ihm noch ein paar Bilder 
und Briefe in die Hand drücken will, die Kontaktaufnahme. Man lässt auch 
nicht zu, dass er ein paar Worte mit seinem Freund und Landsmann Francis Wado 
wechseln kann. Sondern bringt den 24-Jährigen nach Karlsruhe in die Zentrale 
Anlaufstelle für Asylbewerber, von wo aus er mit anderen Abgelehnten nach 
Frankfurt "verschubt" wird. Dann setzen ihn die Grenzschutzbeamten in ein 
Flugzeug nach Karthoum. Was nach der Landung passierte, weiß keiner. Man kann 
nur vermuten ¬ was der Bundesregierung, den Ausländerbehörden und den 
Gerichten herzlich egal ist: dass Männer wie Johnny sofort ins Gefängnis 
wandern, gefoltert oder hingerichtet werden. Oder sie verschwinden ganz 
einfach.
Darauf haben der süd-sudanesische Bischof Paride Taban und 
Weihbischof Daniel Adwok bei einem Besuch der Auslands-Sudanesen im Oktober 
vergangenen Jahres Mitglieder des Bundestages angesprochen. Sie überreichten 
den Parlamentariern eine Liste mit den Namen von zehn Personen, die 
keinesfalls abgeschoben werden dürften ¬ darunter Johnny, sein Freund 
Francis, 34, dessen Lebensgefährtin Madbin Esaias, 24, und das gemeinsame 
Töchterchen Joyceline, 2 (die PZ berichtete).
Eineinhalb bis zwei Millionen Menschen kostete der seit 1983 dauernde Bürgerkrieg im Sudan das Leben. Der 
mehrheitlich moslemische Norden kämpft gegen die christlich geprägte Guerilla 
im Süden des Landes. Bei regelrechten Raubzügen werden Menschen gekidnappt 
und verschleppt. Insbesondere die jungen christlichen Mädchen und Frauen 
durchleben dabei ein grauenvolles Schicksal. Wenn sie Glück haben, werden sie 
freigekauft, bedürfen allerdings jahrelanger psychiatrischer Betreuung, weil 
sie traumatisiert sind. Madbin gehört dazu. Als sie von der völlig 
aufgelösten Sylwia, die sofort zur Wohnung von Francis und Madbin an der 
Pflügerstraße fuhr, von der drohenden Abschiebung informiert wurde, erlitt 
sie einen Nervenzusammenbruch. Der Notarzt musste kommen. "Wir haben 
wahnsinnige Angst, dass auch wir eines Nachts abgeholt werden", sagt 
Francis.Diese Gefahr bestehe bei dieser Familie nicht, hat man Christa Mann 
(Forum Asyl) seitens der Ausländerbehörde mitgeteilt. Zumindest bis Februar 
gilt die immer wieder verlängerte Duldung. Aber was heißt schon Sicherheit? 
"Bei Johnny haben sie das auch gesagt, jetzt ist er weg", sagt Sylwia und 
schluckt. Am 4. Oktober um 15 Uhr hatte Johnny, dessen Asylantrag abgelehnt 
worden war und der vor dem Verwaltungsgericht Karlsruhe Widerspruch eingelegt 
hatte, einen Termin bei der Justiz. Nach der mündlichen Anhörung, erinnert 
sich Francis, der ihn begleitete, habe der Richter versprochen, Johnny werde 
einen Bescheid erhalten. Der flatterte ihm jedoch nicht in seinen Briefkasten 
in der Asylbewerberunterkunft an der KF. Auch nicht in den seiner Freundin. 
Den Bescheid hielten die Polizisten in Händen, als sie ihn holten. Zumindest 
vermutet dies Sylwia ¬ gezeigt hat ihn der Beamte nicht. Für Verwaltung, 
Politik und Justiz ist das Kapitel Maian John Kong abgehakt. Seine Freunde 
befürchten: für die Regierung in Karthoum bald auch. Olaf Lorch 

 

Gutachter: BGS-Beamte erdrückten Sudanesen. (SZ 30.7.2001) Vor zwei Jahren, am 28. Mai 1999, starb der Sudanese Aamir Ageeb bei der Abschiebung auf dem Flug von Frankfurt nach Kairo. Jetzt droht drei Bundesgrenzschutzbeamten eine Anklage wegen fahrlässiger Tötung – der Mann ist offenbar erstickt worden. Todeskampf an Bord der LH 588: Mit einem Motorradhelm auf dem Kopf sitzt Ageeb zwischen zwei BGS-Beamten, die ihn festhalten und nach unten drücken. Ein dritter kniet auf seinem Platz in der Vorderreihe und presst Ageebs Oberkörper von oben herunter. Als die drei Beamten den Sudanesen nach dem Verlöschen der Anschnallzeichen loslassen, hängt ageeb tot im Sitz. Er ist erstickt – nicht wegen des Helms, sondern weil offenbar zu lang und zu fest zugedrückt worden war. (Der Spiegel, 31/2001)

 

 

20.000 Chinese soldiers serve inside Sudan!
Canada, China, Malaysia, France, Italy exploit South Sudan

Monsignore Cesare Mazzolari is a Comboni.
He was Apostolic Administrator of Rumbek (South Sudan) since 1990, he was consacrated Bishop in 1999. Once again he denounces the forgotten war devastating South Sudan and the enormous economic interests that aliment the conflict. South Sudan is of Nilotic origin … - he observed – and currently the two races are sociologically incompatible. Languages, culture and traditions are different and it was a terrible violation by colonialists to found situations that have nothing in common. They applied the method of “divide et impera”. This occurred in th 13th Century, when the Arabs invaded Sudan.

Historically they are invaders and, helped by the Canadians, Chinese and Malaysians, they rob and kill to take all our natural resources. Canada takes more than 20 % of the oil earnings, China over 40 % and Malaysia 28 %. Other States are joining in to get share of oil earnings, while France is content with all of Sudan´s gold. There are 20-thousand Chinese mercenaries and former inmates that militarily guard a 1,600 km oil pipeline. The oil is in the south and we, the rightful owners, have become victims of our natural possession of land”.

Who is responsible for this absurd exploitation of the resources of South Sudan? “France and Canada interfere heavily”, but also Italy has ist part of responsibility. The Agip installed the 6 pumping bases of the pipeline and it is undoubtedly in its interest that the exploitation continues, even when we yell that to end the war the extraction of oil must stop. The Dalmine of Bergamo (Italy) largely contributed  to the illegal exploitation of the black gold. Large quantities of arms have also arrived from industries in North Italy. Not to mention that the Italian Embassy in Khartoum is decisively pro-Arab, with no consideration for us over here in South Sudan”. (Gloria Shaker, South Africa, 26 Jul 2001, SudanHome Discussion Board, BO)

Open Letter to Catholic Bishops

From Bishop Macram Max Gassis of the Diocese of El Obeid (Sudan) on the
Oral Statement on the Human Rights Situation in the Sudan given in Geneva
at the 57th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights by Gerhart Baum,
Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Sudan

Nairobi, Kenya
April 17, 2001

My brother bishops in AMECEA, SECAM, European Bishops' Conference,
Canadian Bishops' Conference and the US Bishops' Conference:

The recent Oral Statement on the Human Rights situation in Sudan given by
Mr. Gerhart Baum, the newly appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Sudan,
cries out for comment from those of us who work in southern and central
Sudan, sharing the tragedy of a people ravaged by war.

I was, frankly, shocked when I read what the newly appointed Rapporteur
had to say about the human rights situation in Sudan.

The report, first of all, is one-sided and naive, giving Khartoum the
'benefit the doubt' at every turn, thus, providing the military junta with
ample propaganda for its desperate campaign to improve its international
image. Baum's report will undoubtedly do great damage to the cause of
justice and peace in Sudan, hardening attitudes in the north, and
disheartening millions of innocent civilians in the zones of conflict
whose only real defense is the support of the international community and
the Church. It will also undoubtedly discourage some in Europe and
elsewhere from getting involved in efforts to condemn injustice and work
for peace in Sudan.

Mark my words: You will hear whole paragraphs of this report quoted by the
regime in its defense, and it will make full use of Mr. Baum's generous
concessions to resist international efforts to end the war.

Baum consistently downplays the atrocities committed by the regime in the
conflict (aerial bombardment of hospitals and churches, militia raids,
slavery, mass displacement of populations, scorched earth policies,
man-made famine, etc.) and, indeed, the massive denial of fundamental
religious and human rights to citizens of the north as well, and, instead,
focuses on the junta's 'promises' and his 'hopes.'

Baum's report on 'positive developments' in a regime devoted to
oppression, torture and murder reminds me of a prison psychiatrist
pointing out at a parole hearing that a serial killer has a nice smile.

If he can manage such optimism about Khartoum, this can only mean that he
has not, or will not deal with the results of Khartoum's policies. Has he
witnessed the humiliation of our raped women, or seen the child amputees
due to government-sponsored aerial bombing, heard the cries of young
widows and mothers who have lost their children, or witnessed the horrors
perpetrated on our enslaved women and children? No, facing the hard
realities of Sudan does not seem to be Mr. Baum's forte.

Baum's misguided debut as Special Rapporteur on Sudan saddens all the more
since his esteemed predecessor in the post, Gaspar Biro, whom I knew
personally, was so effective, heroic even, in documenting the tragedy of
modern Sudan, and in calling world attention to the plight of its
suffering peoples.

Without going through the whole of this useless report, let me highlight a
few points:

1.  Mr. Baum visited Khartoum, but did not take the trouble to visit
people in the liberated areas. By his own admission, he stayed in Nairobi
instead of going into the field where a proper assessment (however
provisional) could have been attempted, and where, like virtually every
other official who has visited the war zone, he would have been an
eyewitness to the holocaust of our people.

2.  Mr. Baum invited Church leaders to meet with him in Nairobi at the New
Sudan Council of Churches headquarters on March 15. The encounter was a
fiasco. The main problem, from our end, was the new Special Rapporteur's
attitude. What should have been an informative exchange was, instead, a
monologue (Mr. Baum's). Baum dealt with Church leaders in an arrogant,
even bullying way. The Special Rapporteur had come to the meeting with a
set of preconceived ideas, and he did not intend the insights of leaders
who live and suffer with the people to interfere with his agenda. And the
nature of that agenda was made quite clear: He wanted us Church leaders in
the liberated areas, areas under the control of the Sudan People's
Liberation Army (SPLA), to go on record accusing the SPLA of human rights
violations. There was no listening here: the Special Rapporteur was
searching for quotes. Clearly, Baum wished to equate the behavior of the
military forces fighting for the liberty, dignity, indeed the survival of
the people of the south, the Nuba Mountains, Southern Blue Nile and other
marginalized areas, with the systematic atrocities committed by the regime
of Khartoum. Who bears the fundamental responsibility for this war? A
so-called 'legitimate' government that can marshal the resources of a
nation, or bush fighters trying to defend themselves as best they can
against a genocidal military machine? When Church leaders refused to
equate the two sides in the conflict, Baum asked, sarcastically, 'So the
SPLA are angels?' No, Mr. Baum, no one who carries a gun in wartime is an
angel. But there is a difference between a murderous regime intent on
destroying all who stand in its way and the various attempts mounted to
resist it.

3.  Mr. Baum, while eager to document SPLA crimes, seems less eager for
detail when it comes to Khartoum. There is a certain attitude of caution
when Baum reports on issues like bombing raids on civilians, scorched
earth militia raids, and the abduction of women and children as slaves in
the strict sense. Abductions are referred to as 'a traditional practice'
exacerbated by the conflict; the Rapporteur is 'pleased to learn from the
Minister for External Relations (Khartoum) . . . that further measures
have been taken to prevent [bombing] incidents' - this, in the context of
escalated bombing raids on civilians in the Nuba Mountains and other parts
of the liberated areas. He also seems allergic to the idea that there is
any other contributing factor to the conflict other than economics; the
issue of religious persecution, the racial aspects of Khartoum's relations
with ethnic African cultures - all seems to fall below Mr. Baum's radar
screen. And that includes the IGAD peace process, and the IGAD Declaration
of Principles that, to one degree or another, all parties to the conflict
have signed, and that constitutes the only viable platform for bringing
peace based on justice to Sudan.

Mr. Baum was appointed to the post of Special Rapporteur on Sudan last
December. According to his own account, he consulted with the UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva for a full day and then set aside
a whole week to travel to Khartoum and Nairobi on a 'fact-finding'
mission. One of the most enormous and intractable tragedies in the modern
world deserves more and better than Baum's flawed and shallow efforts.
Despite the Special Rapporteur's distinguished political career, it is
hard to ascertain what qualifications he brings to this most sensitive
task. In any case, what he has given us is an incompetent, worthless
report; and that's a pity, because lives are at stake in Sudan. At this
juncture, many of us who work in the field cannot help wondering whether
Mr. Baum is quite the man for this job.

I take this occasion to wish all my brothers in the episcopate a happy and
holy Eastertide. While much of the Church was celebrating the feast of the
resurrection, I and my people in the Nuba Mountains were bombed by this
regime on Easter Sunday, and again on Easter Monday as we gathered for
farewells at a remote airstrip. May the resurrected Christ raise to life
the persecuted people of Sudan and the Church of Sudan. I believe that
after every crucifixion there is a resurrection. Pray for us.

Fraternally yours,

+Macram Max Gassis
Bishop of El Obeid Diocese, Sudan

 

Sudan: 58 Christen ausgepeitscht, nachdem sie mit mehreren tausend Landsleuten am Mittwoch der Karwoche vor der anglikanischen Allerheiligen-Kathedrale im Zentrum von Khartum gegen die Verhinderung einer vorösterlichen Gebetsveranstaltung demonstriert hatten. 52 junge Männer erhielten je 15 Peitschenhiebe und 20 Tage Haft, vier Frauen und zwei zwölfjährige Buben je 15 Peitschenhiebe. (D 19..4.2001, APA, Kathpress)

 

Soudan. Politique esclavagiste du gouvernement  -  Selon l'association

Christian Solidarity International, les forces armées ont capturé 72 femmes

et enfants le 21 janvier, et ont tué 53 civils lors de raids sur des

villages du Sud-Soudan. Le 26 janvier, le ministre des Affaires étrangères

a affirmé que "les enlèvements seraient poursuivis aussi longtemps que la

guerre continuera".   (La Croix, France, 6 février 2001)

 

Comboni Missionaries working in Southern Sudan break their silence
Nairobi, 19 January 2001

We, the Comboni Missionaries working in the “liberated areas” of Southern

Sudan, gathered for our annual assembly, have painfully analysed and

evaluated the present tragic situation of war and violence.

 

We have come to the unanimous conviction that the situation of war in Sudan

at the present stage has become immoral and a tragic farce. It is not any

longer a struggle for freedom of the Sudanese people and for the defence of

human rights. The war has become a struggle for power, business and greed.

Many heartless people are taking advantage of it and enrich themselves at

the expense of the poor. Global interests have the Sudanese resources at

heart, not the wellbeing of the Sudanese people. Religion is distorted and

misused as a means for other interests.

 

The number of victims is escalating, especially among women and children.

Spiritual, human and cultural values are getting lost. Corruption,

tribalism and fratricidal hatred are fostered. Degradation,

underdevelopment and anarchy increase. Humanity in Sudan is getting lost.

 

The word “liberation” is abused. What improvement do we see? Oppressors and

oppressed are running for their life. Northerners against Southerners,

Northerners against Northerners, Southerners against Southerners, Nuer and

Dinka are fighting against Arabs. Nuer and Arabs are fighting against

Dinka. Dinka against Dinka. Nuer against Nuer, Didinga against Dinka… There

are no winners. All are loosing. NGOs and churches prolong the fighting

through the relief aid that unknowingly supports also the warring factions.

 

The country has so much wealth and natural resources that would guarantee a

good livelihood for all Sudanese.

 

We Comboni Missionaries, working in the Liberated Area of Southern Sudan,

have decided to “break the silence” and intensify our commitment against

the injustice that fuels the war in Sudan. We appeal to you leaders of the

warring sides: “In the name of God, lay down the guns! Stop fighting!”

 

We appeal to all people of goodwill: “Break the silence” and intensify your

mediation for peace in Sudan!

 

We appeal to you, political and economic powers of the world, “Give up your

greed and your selfish interests! Help Sudan to regain its lost humanity

and identity.”

 

For all the 30 missionaries present

The Justice and Peace committee

co-ordinator Fr. Michele Stragapede

P.O. Box 21102  Nairobi (Kenya)

tel. +254.2.562953 Fax. +254.2.570225

ssmccj@form-net.com

 

http://www.peacelink.it/anb-bia/anb-bia.html

 

Sudanese Government Troops Gang-rape Black African Slaves
4,119 More Slaves Liberated by CSI

 (Marial Bai, Geneva, Zurich, Dec. 22, 2000) Soldiers of the Government of

Sudan’s Popular Defence Forces (PDF) systematically gang-rape enslaved black

African women and girls during and after slave raids on villages in Southern

Sudan, according to the testimonies of scores of ex-slaves recorded last week

by CSI and independent researchers. Many of the liberated slaves bore thick,

herniated scars, especially in the area of the breasts, that were the result

of mutilation committed by rapists.

 

The following women were among those gang-raped repeatedly by their armed

captors:

 

20-year-old Aluel Mangong Deng: I was enslaved five years ago during a raid

on my village, Agok. I tried to run away from the soldiers, but they caught

me and threw me to the ground. I struggled to get away, so they held down my

hands and feet and cut my throat and chest with a knife. As I grew faint, one

of them named Mohammed raped me then and there. That night, I was again raped

by different men. They came one after another. This also happened to other

women, and even to young girls. It took up about 30 days before we reached

Poulla, north of Babanusa. This kind of rape happened just about every day

along the way.

 

30-year-old Abuk Malek Ador: I was captured in 1998. During the raid, all the

men were killed. Only children and women were driven to the North. Most of

those killed were murdered with axes or knives. On the way to the North, I

was raped by many soldiers. My daughter (2-year-old Akuel) is the product of

these sexual assaults. I do not known who her father is because there were so

many rapists.

 

33-year-old Arek Garang Peath: I was captured last year. I was gang-raped and

my children were beaten. In Kerieu, was given to Abdullah. He encouraged his

sons to rape me. All of them raped me. So did their friends. Whenever I tried

to resist, I[Unable to display image]CSI Press Release

December 22, 2000

 

These victims of multiple gang-rape were among 4,119 slaves redeemed by CSI

representatives John Eibner and Gunnar Wiebalck in four locations in northern

Bahr El Ghazal, Sudan between the 13th and 18th of December. Since 1995,

42,537 slaves have been liberated through the cooperative efforts of CSI,

Southern Sudanese Community leaders and local Baggara Arabs. The leaders of

the black African communities affected by the Government of Sudan’s slave

raids estimate that over 100,000 of their people remain in bondage in

Northern Sudan.

 

HELP TO SAVE THE NUBA-TRIBE;
ONLY 250000 HAVE SURVIVED!!!

Name: Ahmad Tarik. Email: ahmad@aol.com
Humanitarian Concerns
The UN's World Food Programme recently warned that nearly two million Sudanese could face starvation if food stocks are not replenished.

Recent Bombings
In the last four months there has been a series of devastating bombing and ground attacks by the Government of Sudan in the Nuba Mountain area.
For over a decade the people of this region were denied humanitarian access by the regime in Khartoum.
Only 250,000 of the 1.3 million Nuba population have survived. Now less than a year after a UN team was allowed access, the Government is again cutting off all right of entry and starving civilians out of areas controlled by the Sudan People's Liberation Army. Nuba is outside the auspices of the OLS (Operation Lifeline Sudan)11 The Operation Lifeline Sudan is an agreement of the NGOs and the warring parties to allow humanitarian aid to the region. and therefore cannot be helped by the UN and other OLS NGOs.

The Government of Sudan has continued to bomb civilian targets including schools and hospitals, killing innocent children and the sick in spite of President Bashir's promise on April 19th to end all aerial bombardments against the South. Slavery Despite the liberation of some 3,962 individuals by CSW, and others this year, there are between 60,000 and 200,000 slaves in Sudan. Slaves are taken every year during government sponsored raids on the south.

Interviews with individuals taken in these raids by journalists and CSW staff reveal a consistent pattern of abuse, in which the victims are taken up to the north and forced to work as chattel slaves for owners there. Theiraccounts are disturbing and distressing. Physical evidence exists in the form of torture scars as well as young children who only speak the Arabic which they have been taught. They were too young to know their mother tongue before they were taken. Young mothers carry half-Arab babies the physical proof of the sexual and physical abuse that they have suffered at the hands of their captors. Many speak of the Islamisation that accompanies their captivity. They are given Islamic names, forced to say Islamic prayers and learn the Quran.

The Exploitation of Oil in Sudan and the involvement of UK companies.

The UK and other European countries have companies investing in the recently completed oil pipeline in Sudan, running for 1,600 km from Bentiu, Western Upper Nile, to Port Sudan on the Red Sea. With exports of 150,000 barrels a day and an expected revenue of $200-$500 m a year it threatens to perpetuate the war and undermine the peace process. It is believed that the NIF already spends $1 million a day on funding the war. There are widespread and serious human rights abuses connected with the oil business including forced displacement, attacks on villages and even the executions of southern Christian people applying for jobs. Recent developments include the investment of the British owned BP Amoco which has purchased $1billion of stock in the subsidiary company (Petro China) of the Chinese National Petroleum Company (CNPC) which has a 40% share holding in the pipeline.

The UK's Weir Pumps and Allen Engineering have exported equipment to the Sudan for the exploitation of oil. It is likely that a further oil pipeline will be developed, and that Weir Pumps will secure the contract to supply pumping stations for this new development.

While the British government is pushing for peace and providing humanitarian assistance, it also seems inadvertently to be contributing to the continuation of the war by supporting the involvement of UK-based Weir Pumps and Allen Engineering in the construction and maintenance of the oil pipeline. (Last changed: October 02, 2000)

Sudan es el infierno en la tierra
Son palabras de Kevin Carter, ganador del Premio Pulitzer con la famosa fotografía de una niña sudanesa acechada por un buitre. Porque en Sudán hay campos de exterminio... para los niños. Giacomo 'Comino y 18 misioneros salesianos en Sudán son testigos: "Los trasladan (a los niños) en camiones a 40 kilómetros en el desierto. Allí no hay comida ni agua. El arma de exterminio es el hambre. En 30 años de misión no he visto imágenes tan aterradoras." Monseñor Mazzolari, obispo de Rumbek: "Confirmo que son como esqueletos ambulantes. Es del todo increible como estos niños todavia sobreviven."
"El precio de un café alarga 5 dias la vida de un niño en Sudán" "¡Y con 1.000 pesetas vive más de un mes!" Mario Comino y sus 18 compañeros salesianos han abierto una lista de vida. Cuentan con Usted.
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Tel. 91 / 543 85 65

KHARTOUM: ASPIRANT MISSIONARY SEQUESTERED AND ABUSED BY SECRET POLICE
(STANDARD). A Mexican aspirant missionary, Alfredo Gonzalez, who was in Sudan for a period of mission experience, was sequestered, interrogated, abused and then released on the 7th of last July by an unidentified group of men, he identified as members of a secret security force. Gonzalez, a 28-year-old theology student, was in his ninth month of mission experience with the community of White Fathers in Hajj Yousif, a town of around 150-thousand residents south of the capital Khartoum. On the morning of the 7th of July he went to the market to buy some supplies and was stopped by a group of men who forced him to get into their car. They immediately began asking him a series of questions in fluent American English. When the men seemed to be distracted the student managed to use the mobile phone to call the parish priest of Hajj Yousif, Augustine Arteche. "I am with Security. I have no papers with me", is what he was able to say in Spanish before the men noticed. There are in fact various secret security forces in Sudan, known for their ferociousness and hasty methods, some controlled by Ministries and others by parties. One of the men – four with the driver – grabbed the phone from Gonzalez and hit him on the back of the head. He was then blindfolded and the men began talking among themselves in Arabic. After a short time, they brought him into a house, made him sit down, tied his hands and continued questioning him. In particular, after having demonstrated that they knew everything about the student’s movements, they asked him "who wrote all the articles on Sudan". They spoke about the "bad image given of Sudan by articles published abroad" adding that they were "preparing a party for those who continue sending news about Sudan all over the place". Gonzalez then asked for some water, that earlier they had refused. A few minutes after drinking he began to feel dizzy but the questioning and threats continued for hours. He had in all probability been drugged. At a certain point he was left alone with one of the men, that abused him. Later he was taken to an isolated area and released, with the threat to not say a word about what had happened. The Gonzalez then stopped a passing taxi and asked to be accompanied to the Cathedral of Khartoum, where he met a friend that brought him back to the parish house at Hajj Yousif at 9:30 p.m. Alfredo Gonzalez filed a report about his dramatic ordeal at the local police station. (BO)

AIR-RAIDS AGAINST CIVILIANS RESUME IN THE SOUTH (STANDARD, GENERAL) SUDAN, 3 JUL 2000 (17:55) The air-raids against civilians resumed in South Sudan. Independent sources referred to the MISNA that the town of Rumbek, located in the south, was bombed yesterday. Two bombs fell in the market place killing at least 2 civilians and injuring several more. Always yesterday, numerous more bombs were also dropped on other towns though for the moment there are no reports of casualties. In Cueibet, north-west of Rumbek, six bombs were dropped, damaging two houses. In Liethnom, in the western lowlands of Bahr el-Ghazal, 10 bombs were dropped, injuring one civilians. In Lunyaker, also in Bahr el-Ghazal, 20 bombs were dropped though fortunately no casualties or damage was reported. Cueibet and the Buot cattle camp (25km from Cueibet) were also bombed on Saturday, while the previous day, Friday, 12 bombs fell on Yei, Western Equator, injuring one civilian and destroying a house. Since the beginning of the civil war in 1983, 2-million people have died in South Sudan, for the most part civilians. Despite international diplomatic efforts, the regular troops of Khartoum continue clashing with rebels of the SPLA (Sudan People’s Liberation Army). (BO)

Civilians and Catechists Abducted by Sudanese Government Troops Press Release - Sudan Relief and Rescue May 13th--During Sudanese government-sponsored raids which wreaked havoc on villages in the Lumun area of the Nuba Mountains last month, more than a thousand Nuba civilians were abducted by government troops, including two catechists, or lay Catholic teachers attached to the Roman Catholic Diocese of El Obeid, diocesan officials report. One catechist managed to escape during the raid and flee with the rest of the population into the surrounding hills. Eventually, Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) forces, which control the area, repulsed the incursion, but, with villages and agriculture destroyed, more than 5,000 people in Lumun are at risk of starvation and exposure in the coming months. The attack occurred in mid-April, as part of a two-month-long government offensive against 'rebel strongholds' in the Nuba Mountains, a Scotland-sized hill country in central Sudan. In the April raids, troops burned villages, pillaged livestock and food stores, and abducted 1,140 local civilians in an area under the pastoral care of Bishop Macram Max Gassis of El Obeid Diocese, a legendary champion of human rights in the war-torn African nation. According to unconfirmed reports, the captives were taken to government-sponsored 'peace villages,' or concentration camps in the area, where, according to escapees and international human rights organizations, food and shelter typically is provided only to those who convert to Islam. Families are often split up in such camps, women forced into prostitution, and the young and able-bodied conscripted into forced labor or into 'Islamic' militias. Captured catechists and other Church personnel are typically killed, or face months of torture in Sudanese prisons in order to force them to convert to Islam. A decade ago, one of Bishop Gassis' Nuba catechists was crucified by his government abductors. The five thousand survivors of the Lumun raid also face grim months ahead unless relief supplies reach them soon. As Sudan's military planners well know, April, for the Nuba, is the planting season. With their grain stores empty and their fields destroyed, the survivors are in desperate need not only of emergency food supplies, but seed and tools so that they can clear new fields and plant before the rainy season begins in earnest this summer. Government raids this Spring have successfully targeted the Nubas' key agricultural areas, so that emergency food surpluses in the region are down, bringing with it the risk of widespread famine this fall. For further information and inquiries about what you can do to help the people of Lumun and others at risk in the Nuba Mountains, contact Sudan Relief and Rescue at 1-888-488-0348, sudan@petersvoice.com or visit their website

Attack in Nuba Mountains - During Government-sponsored raids, which wreaked havoc on villages in the Lumun area of the Nuba Mountains in April, more than 1,000 Nuba civilians were abducted by government troops, including two catechists. One catechist managed to escape during the raid, according to Gabriel Meyer of the Sudan Relief and Rescue organisation. The destruction of villages and agriculture has left 5,000 people in Lumun risking starvation and exposure in the coming months. The attack occurred in mid-April as part of a two-month long government offensive against "rebel strongholds" in the Nuba Mountains. The 5,000 survivors face grim months in the future unless relief supplies reach them soon. (Zenit, Italy, 16 May 2000)

Tourabi in trouble. Hard times for Sudan’s ruling National Congress (NC). Last Saturday, the Secretary General of the party, Hassan al Tourabi, was ordered to step down by President Omar al Bashir and party leaders were deprived of authority. Always on Saturday, authorities in Port Sudan also banned Tourabi from holding public meetings. The government of Khartoum, that also closed the NC secretariats in the 26 Sudanese states, did not however dissolve party of which al Bashir remains President. (8 may 2000 BO)

13 people killed as Sudanese plane bombs south. NAIROBI, May 3 (AFP) - At least 13 people were killed when a Sudanese government plane bombed civilian targets in southern Sudan last week, the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) said Tuesday. SPLA spokesman Samson KwajeKwaje said the victims of the attack were mainly women and children. He said an Antonov plane attacked the villages of Duut and Weriang in the town of Malakal on the Sobat river on April 25. SPLA rebels have been battling Khartoum government forces since 1983 to end domination of the mainly Christian and animist south by the Arabised, Muslim north. The war has killed more than a million people and forced millions of others either to move to other parts of the country or flee into exile. (AFP) (14.5.2000)

News from atrocities in Bentiu. I have heard fresh news from reliable sources about atrocities committed by Sudan government soldiers in a massive onslaught on civilians around the Bentiu oil area in March. People in the oil area are being forced to flee up to 200km away. In Kadugli, capital of the Nuba Mountains in Sudan, 8 army divisions are assembling for new offensives on four fronts. Copyright (c) 2000 African Eye News Service. Distributed via Africa News Online (www.africanews.org). Send your thoughts to readers@africanews.org for our Readers' Forum. Peter Verney, Editor, Sudan Update. E-mail: (Peter Verney)<sudanupdate@gn.apc.org

Nuba sollen im Schatten der Hungerkatastrophe vernichtet werden. "Die radikalislamische Regierung des Sudan setzt alles daran, die schwarzafrikanische Bevölkerung aus den Gebieten um die Ölfelder zu vertreiben", erklärte die Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker. In den vergangenen Tagen seien im Norden des Südsudan mindestens 105 Menschen ermordet worden. 26 jungen Männern seien Hände oder Füße abgehackt worden. (D 21.4.2000)

Message of Bishop Gassis to His People After the Bombing and Killing of the School Children and Their Teacher in Kauda.
My beloved people of the Nuba Mountains, and Kauda in particular, I greet you in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our consolation in our tribulation, grief, and suffering. Dearly beloved, the bombing of our Catholic school and the murder of our children is an outrage against God and humanity. I am deeply grieved, as are our friends here in the United States, where I sojourn in order to bring our plight – the unjust persecution which is inflicted upon us – to the attention of the world community.

Time and again, I have told the world that the National Islamic Front in Khartoum is waging genocide against the Christians, Africans and non-Arabs in order to establish a radical Islamic state. This terrible, heart-breaking incident is yet another example that this war is a religious and ethnic war launched by the regime of Khartoum and aimed at the destruction of my people.

We cannot bring back our twenty-one children, murdered in Kauda by the regime. Today there are many Rachels in Kauda, mourning the loss of their children. But we must insist that the international community act before it is too late. I have appealed to the churches, particularly those in the United States, to pray for us, to entreat God to grant us peace and justice. And I assure you of this – in many churches in the United States, our brothers in Christ – Catholics and Protestants – are praying for us. ... Beloved, know that I did my utmost to tell the world of your plight through the radio and television. I did not allow even one opportunity to escape me. I hope you heard my interview that the BBC, which was broadcast around the world and into the bush.

My children, never forget that God is with us. God hates injustice. God loves all his children, especially the innocent young. God is grieving for the barbaric attack upon you. Turn to Him, and seek comfort in his loving embrace.

I wish to thank the German Emergency Doctors who helped the wounded. They are a great gift to us. As a sign of love and solidarity, our friends from Sudan Relief and Rescue, our foundation in America, are visiting you to bring consolation and assistance. When they return to the United States, they will be your advocates. They will write and speak, and show the photographs of this latest atrocity against you. They are also God’s gift to you. Pray for them.

Remember that our young children and their teacher are the victims of hate, injustice, intolerance, and violence. These are the same things that killed Jesus. But through Jesus’ sacrifice, we have been redeemed, we have been promised the Heavenly Paradise. So, do not despair. After each crucifixion of those who love Jesus, there is a resurrection. And after your crucifixion in the Nuba Mountains by the bombs of the Khartoum regime, you, too, will be resurrected. God will not abandon us. God will raise us from the dead.

Pray that people of good will throughout the world will awake to our tragedy and offer themselves as God’s instruments to help us. Beloved, amidst your suffering, rejoice, for Christ died for us. Our students and our teacher were martyrs to our faith. From the earliest days of the Church, it is the witness of the martyrs – who died for Christ – which sustained the Church. The killers in Khartoum think they have damaged us, but, as St. Paul says, God will bring good from evil. The Church will grow, your faith will deepen, and the martyred children will channel untold grace to us from our Father in Heaven.

It is natural that we mourn the assassination of our innocent children. Jesus himself mourned the death of his friend, Lazarus. But we should mourn with hope and trust in Jesus. Our martyred children are NOT dead. They are alive in Heaven with Christ and all the saints. They have joined our Blessed Bakhita and the Servant of God, Marie Giuseppina Benvenuti, before the throne of God to advocate for us. In the words of the entrance song of the mass of the Holy Innocents, I say to you with every confidence: "These innocent children were slain for Christ. They follow the spotless Lamb and proclaim forever: Glory to you, God."

My suffering people, remember the words of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Son of God, in the Gospel of St. Matthew: "Happy are those who mourn: they shall be comforted. Happy are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness: they shall be satisfied. Happy are those who are persecuted: theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Happy are you when men abuse you and persecute you and speak all manner of evil against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in Heaven."

Beloved, we must suffer in the present time. But our suffering will be united with Christ’s on the cross, and we will offer it to God. As the prayer of the Holy Innocents says: "Father, the Holy Innocents offered you praise by the death they suffered for Christ. May our lives bear witness to the faith we profess with our lips."

Rest assured that you are in my heart, and constantly in my prayers. I love you, and I long to be with you. Receive our American friends as my ambassadors. They bring you my love and concern, and the prayers of our friends around the world. I send you my blessing. Console and strengthen one another, particularly the families of the slain. Have faith in God. I will be with you soon.
Macram Max Gassis, Bishop of El Obeid, Sudan

A signal to all independent peoples who reject the New World (dis-) Order. Following on the example of problem faced in Papua with Kissinger and corporate greed. Would like to give some practical current example of victory and struggle against corporate greed and disregard for local people's right. We see everywhere the hand of oil - Indonesia, Timor, Sudan, Nigeria, Chechnya, and the struggle for economic domination of the world and the creation of a unipolar world - the war on Yugoslavija being a signal to all independent peoples who reject the New World (dis-) Order. In brief, in Sudan there is the longest running 'war' in Africa. The regime controlled by Feudalist Capitalists (using religion as a banner for justification!) and Arab Racists had driven out the intellectual and professional sectors of Arab society who are all in the Gulf, Europe and America. Left behind a country in ruins. Visit Khartoum the capital and it looks like aftermath of nuclear war. People walking dazed and hungry in the streets, beggars everywhere. Just a few hundred yards from the British Embassy is a torture center (yours truly been there) and the Embassy knows about it. Officially doesn't exist but many of the more lucky? (yes - at least not summary execution)ones pass through there or end there. Yet the western embassies don't demand a visit or its closure. It is kept quiet. Oil is in Sudan. Western companies have found ally with yet another dictatorship that started out 'anti-Western but not anti-Capitalist.' Some artificial shuffles at the top to make it more palatable to the European/American populations who hold the key to outcry and divestment. Biggest western oil company in Sudan: Canadian. Talisman. Canada sends investigator to disprove relationship between Talisman and genocide etc. Investigator comes back with damning report showing direct assistance of the company in helping the Sudan regime with its war - and scorched earth policy around the pipeline crossing Africa's largest country! Canada government having sent the envoy and promised action against Talisman if report shows, obviously surprised by the report and don't release it until THREE WEEKS after the promised release date. In these three weeks they GIVE TALISMAN A COPY and allow talisman to lobby key government and legal departments! Now, no action is taken against Sudan or Talisman, but CANADA OPENS UP EMBASSY in Khartoum instead! (Ostensibly to 'monitor human rights' in reality to assist Talisman company!) This is a blatant example. Canada is not known hitherto as an imperialist country. Canadian citizens are outraged. A massive DIVESTMENT campaign is launched, a great success in the UNITED STATES and now gathering momentum in Canada, as teachers unions, universities, etc etc find they have millions of dollars of shares in Talisman and pull them out. Talisman shares plummet. More troubles. Sudan claims report a victory (because nothing is done by Canada and doesn't quote or make available the report). Yet Talisman and corporate greed very worried. SUCCESSFUL INTERNET CAMPAIGN by a few dedicated individuals and small organisations (including Mathaba.Net) gathers pace - more divestment, more unity. ARGUMENT: If we pull out, others will move in from Europe, Malaysia (already in), China (already in), so we should stay to reap the benefits. That is their argument and it is a wrong one. I'll sell them guns, coz if I don't someone else will!? Of course bull shit. If Talisman is forced out (and looks increasingly likely as the campaign by school children, students, teachers, activists gathers pace)it will send a CLEAR SIGNAL to any other company moving in (particularly from Europe) that it is NOT A GOOD INVESTMENT. It will even send a clear signal to Indonesia and Kissinger. It will even give people in Iryan Jaya hope and impetus not to compromise. It will give the Nigerians hope who have been struggling against corporate greed for so long. Please, pass this Email to as many activists as you can. The campaign against Talisman, if concentrated and carried on with more momentum, will be a success. Many things can be done. Canadian embassies are everywhere. Many people hold shares in Talisman without knowing it. Asking companies if they have shares in Talisman, the question itself sends a message 'we care where our money is and what it's doing.' Here a note from one of the most dedicated Canadian campaigners, a Christian who has made it his mission to help the Sudanese people (already TWO MILLION DEAD IN THIS WAR NOW FUELLED BY CANADIAN OIL MONEY!): I agree, stopping Talisman is the key to introducing a new paradigm in international trade and human rights. The fight is going to be much bigger than we anticipated, but the end result will certainly be worth it. In this struggle, we simply must be victorious. Otherwise, corporate greed and avarice will go unchecked. You can all obtain all the details about Talisman, the Harker Report, the Campaign and Human Rights in Sudan, including view a video (an incredible coincidence in an area cut off from the world where people don't have even radios, someone returning to his village with a broken video camera!) OF THE SUDAN GOVERNMENT BOMBING A SCHOOL! It needs to be seen to reinforce the inhumanity of the most powerful annihilating the most weak. Please pass this on, and visit www.mathaba.net/sudan for the latest updates in the campaign and news from Sudan. Sincerely, editor. WWW.MATHABA.NET - Your Antidote to the New World Order!
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Bishop Calls For Day of Prayer For Victims of Kauda Bombing. NEW YORK, NY -- Exiled Sudanese Bishop Macram Max Gassis announced today that he plans to issue a call for a Day of Prayer in honor of the 15 Nuba children killed and the many seriously injured during the Feb. 8 government bombing raids on the Nuba Mountains in central Sudan.According to a press spokesperson, the legendary churchman and human rights activist is scheduled to preach at St. James Episcopal Church this Sunday, Feb. 20 at 11:15 AM, where, according to a statement issued today, he will ask fellow Christians, and all people of good will everywhere to "join with my 'forgotten' people in the most powerful form of solidarity - prayer and love." St. James Episcopal Church is located at 865 Madison Ave., New York. The bishop also indicated that he had dispatched an emergency medical team to the Nuba Mountains to care for Kauda's wounded, and that the team, headed by Catholic Medical Foundation director, Dr. Christopher Chapman, based in Bethlehem, PA, would shortly issue their report.

Bishop Gassis's statement follows: In light of the aerial attack earlier this month on Holy Cross School in Kauda, and the tragic loss of 15 young lives there, I am, as Bishop of El Obeid, and the chief pastor of the Nuba Mountains, calling on my brothers and sisters in Christ, to join with us in praying for the victims of the Kauda bombing, for the survivors of the attack, and, especially, for their families. I am asking that Sunday, February 27, be a day of prayer and solidarity with the people of Kauda and a day of remembrance for all the victims of this brutal ethnic and religious war. When you think of Sudan, think always of the children of Kauda. Do not say merely that the regime of Khartoum violates the human rights of Christians and ethnic African peoples. Say, rather, that it kills children. This is the true face of this war. For much of the outside world, the children of Kauda are war statistics. But for us, they are much more than that: they are persons whose struggle for education in the midst of war was itself a sign of extraordinary courage and hope.

These are the names of the teacher and the children:
Roda Ismail 22 teacher, from Lera Kadro
Ruza Dabiel 9 an Otoro girl from Kauda
Munira Khamis 12 also Otoro from Kauda
Randa Abualla 11 from Kauda
William Abualla 15 from Kauda
Maima Tutu 14 from Chari
Kaka Ali 16 from Kauda
Tabitha Hamdam 14 from Kauda
Francis Peter 11 from Kichama
Hamid Yousif 15 from Kauda
Hydar Osman 12 from Kauda
Kubi Yousif 13 from Kauda
Bashir Ismail 12 from Kauda
Osman Rajab 15 from Kauda
Kuri Abdel Gadir 11 from Kauda

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