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Dear Mr President - Bishop Andudu Speaks

Speaking via Act for Sudan Bishop Andudu appeals to President Obama on the Living Church website (6th Sept 2013). Click on the link below to see the article. 

http://livingchurch.org/dear-mr-president


Fresh Bombings n South Kordofan

Please pray for peace, all those affected and an end to the killing. The link below is an article displayed on the Radio Tamazuj website and can be read in English or Arabic. 

https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/one-killed-two-wounded-%E2%80%98saf-bombing%E2%80%99-rashad-south-kordofan


Nuba Day 2013

Few parts of the world have experienced as much suffering as the Nuba Mountains; and the bombardment continues in an area that has a tragic history of upheaval and neglect.  On July 5-7, Nuban youth, both Muslim and Christian, will meet in Des Moines, Iowa, to express the solidarity of Nubans in this country with their sisters and brothers in Sudan and to examine strategies to become more effective advocates for peace and safety for their people. Please see the website covering Nuba Day.

This interfaith effort organized by Nuban youth is worthy of the support of all those who are dismayed by the relentless suffering of the Nuban people and the lack of worldwide attention being given to this longstanding humanitarian tragedy. I know some of the leaders behind this effort and respect their sincerity and integrity. Obviously, funds are needed to make this gathering possible. Information is provided on the website for making donations. Your prayers, encouragement and contributions may allow important voices to be lifted up in support of those who have only our voices if their plight is to be known.

The organisation behind this also have a website of their own which is:

http://www.sudansunrise.org/

There is also a website supporting the annual event which is:

http://nubaday2013.com/

Bishop Andudu has been asked by the Nuba people in the USA to reconcile Nuba groups and tribes, of Christian, Muslim and other faiths. Divisions of opinion hinder a lot of things and many leaders have tried to solve disputes in the past and failed. Bishop Andudu does not consider himself better than previous leaders but is willing to try for the good of all Nuba People. He particularly asks for your prayers that God will give him wisdom.



Here you will see links to news about the situation in the Nuba Mountains. 

A New Refugee Camp to be Built

The UN is opening a new refugee camp in Ajuong, Pariang County in South Sudan's Unity State, just across the border from Sudan's South Kordofan State in the coming weeks. This camp, which should start receiving refugees in March, and others that are planned will eventually absorb an expected 110,000 refugees from Sudan's southern conflicts, relieving some of the pressure on existing camps, especially Yida.


Bishop Andudu Speaks Out

The Anglican Communion News Service has an article on the appearance on a panel in Nairobi of Bishop Andudu Adam Alnail of Kadugli in the Nuba Mountains. The bishop spoke about the conditions his people are facing; the panel's comments were addressed to African leaders in advance of the upcoming African Union summit in Addis Ababa.


HART Visit to Blue Nile, Nuba Mountains (Southern Kordofan) and South Sudan

January 4-18th 2013

Khartoum continues remorseless attempts to ethnically cleanse Southern Kordofan (Nuba Mountains) and Blue Nile with impunity.

Read more about the HART visit here

See their report in it's entirity - 14 pages (PDF)

A short film taken during the visit is available on the HART website: http://www.hart-uk.org/hart.php?page=734 



 

Dangerous to Stay, Dangerous to Move – the Plight of Refugees in Yida – Amnesty International Blog Page

 

By Alex Neve, Amnesty International Canada’s Secretary General and Khairunissa Dhala, South Sudan Researcher

It’s been nine months since we last visited the Yida Refugee Camp in South Sudan and returning now it’s amazing what has changed – it’s also deeply troubling what hasn’t.

Over the past year and a half this camp has been the destination of refugees fleeing massive human rights violations and a humanitarian crisis in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state.

When we were here in April, there were just over 20,000 refugees at Yida but hundreds more were arriving every day.

Now the camp is home to about 60,000 Nuba refugees from Sudan. The rate of arrivals, which had slowed considerably during this region’s relentless rainy season, has picked up again with an average of about 1,000 arrivals per week in January.

And that is the big change. The camp has grown considerably – nearly threefold in eight months.

Yida camp has been the destination for refugees fleeing massive human rights violations and a humanitarian crisis in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state. © Amnesty InternationalYida camp has been the destination for refugees fleeing massive human rights violations and a humanitarian crisis in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state. © Amnesty International

 

And alongside the massive influx there is more here. The market bustles. Homes are being built everywhere: not just the thatch grass huts of new arrivals, but more comfortable and sturdy brick. And with all this growth there seems a much calmer mood in the camp.

But there is much that has not changed at all. And that is deeply worrying.

First and foremost, of course, the widespread human rights violations and breaches of humanitarian law continue on the other side of the border.

Today we interviewed several refugees who have arrived at Yida over the past few weeks. All had tales that were so despairingly similar to what we heard last year.

 

Aerial bombardment by Sudanese Air Force Antonov bombers continues. People shared with us many names of relatives and neighbours – as young as a one-year-old baby – who have been killed and badly injured as the inherently and totally indiscriminate Antonov bombs have rained down. One man showed us the scars of a recent shrapnel wound.

Alongside this terror in the skies, everyone talked of the terrible toll of hunger in Southern Kordofan.

Bombing has destroyed food stores, ruined fields and made it impossible to cultivate and plant anew. As they did in 2012, people are fleeing to Yida because they are terrified of both bombs and starvation.

The other element that has not changed is the UN’s worry that Yida’s location – close to the Sudan/South Sudan border and along a strategic road – is too dangerous. The UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, wants the refugees to move away from Yida. Last year they tried to encourage refugees to move two hours further south to Nyeel Camp. Tents had been erected for 9,000 but in the end fewer than 10 per cent of that number ever made the move. For a whole host of reasons, including the fact that Nyeel was prone to flooding in the rainy season, refugees at Yida stayed put. The Nyeel move has been abandoned.

Now there are plans to move refugees to a different location – including opening a new camp by March which, like Yida, will be close to the border, but not along the same strategic road.

However, this new location is closer to an area controlled by the Sudanese military, not the opposition Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army – North which controls the areas close to Yida.

Many refugees we interviewed, therefore, once again insisted they will not move. They feel well settled at Yida; and are fearful about the new camp’s proximity to the Sudanese military. As one women said to us, “why would refugees want to move closer to their enemy?”

It is a difficult predicament and one we will continue to explore in the days ahead. Several refugees told us that they would rather return to the Nuba Mountains than make the move to the new camp. That obviously is not the answer.

http://blog.amnestyusa.org




An Interview with Andudu

Click on the link below to see an interview with Bishop Andudu on the Devex.com website

Devex interview Oct 2012


Bishop Andudu Speaks to The BBC


Attacks on Buram County June 30th

Sadly attacks continue on Buram county, learn more from the link to the Nuba Reports website below.

http://www.nubareports.org//reports/sudans-military-continues-attacks-against-buram-county


Nuba Now June 12th

http://youtu.be/be6kJnPDgjw

Video footage of Sudan forces burning homes in the Nuba mountains of South Kordofan. The Sudan Government has been carrying out a genocide of the Nuba people since 6th June 2011.
The video was recorded on a phone and was found on the body of a dead SAF soldier.

- they call themselves The Match Brigade

For more information on the UK campaign to end Bashir's genocide of the Nuba go to www.NubaNow.co.uk
For up to date information from inside the Nuba Mountains go to http://www.nubareports.org/



Amnesty International June 7th

Please find Amnesty International's report "We can run away from bombs, but not from hunger": Sudan's refugees in South Sudan,available at:

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AFR65/001/2012/en


Please also find the press release UN Security Council: Urgent action needed to end Sudan's humanitarian disaster available at:
http://amnesty.org/en/news/un-security-council-urgent-action-needed-end-sudan-s-humanitarian-disaster-2012-06-06

and below. A video clip on the situation of refugees in Yida refugee camp in April 2012 is available at www.amnesty.org and a picture slideshow is available at:
http://www.flickr.com//photos/amnesty-international/sets/72157629999533338/show/

Finally, take action and Pressure the UN Security Council to protect civilians in Sudan by signing our petition available at:
http://www.amnesty.org/en/appeals-for-action/protect-civilians-in-sudan