ABC speaks out on Sudan

The Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) has issued the Archbishop of Canterbury’s statement on South Kordofan, Sudan:

From Lambeth Palace

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has released the following statement regarding recent violence in South Kordofan, Sudan:

“Along with the Christian leaders represented in the Sudan Ecumenical Forum and Council of Churches and many more throughout the world, we deplore the mounting level of aggression and bloodshed in South Kordofan State and the indiscriminate violence on the part of government troops against civilians. Numerous villages have been bombed. More than 53,000 people have been driven from their homes. The new Anglican cathedral in Kadugli has been burned down. UN personnel in the capital, Kadugli, are confined to their compound and are unable to protect civilians; the city has been overrun by the army, and heavy force is being used by government troops to subdue militias in the area, with dire results for local people. Many brutal killings are being reported.

This violence is a major threat to the stability of Sudan just as the new state of South Sudan is coming into being. The humanitarian challenge is already great, and the risk of another Darfur situation, with civilian populations at the mercy of government-supported terror, is a real one.

International awareness of this situation is essential. The UN Security Council, the EU, the Arab League and the African Union need to co-operate in guaranteeing humanitarian access and safety for citizens, and we hope that our own government, which has declared its commitment to a peaceful future for Sudan, will play an important part in this.”

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From the news:

Time reports on the plight of the Nuba here.

Like al-Hilu, many Nuba soldiers fought on the side of the southern rebels during the long civil war, and technically still carry the name of Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), also the official name of South Sudan’s ex-rebel military. But when Sudan divides next month, these Nuba will be northerners, and this is now a battle for their homeland — and, as they see it, cultural survival. “We will not disarm after July 9th,” said an aide close to al-Hilu.

From Al Jazeera on the worsening refugee crisis:

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