As you know, I traveled to Sudan and South Sudan a few months ago with Reverend Franklin Graham and Samaritan’s Purse. Since that trip there has been world attention on the OIL and the fight between Sudan and South Sudan over that OIL. An agreement was recently signed between the two countries about OIL and people are praising it as though it ends the problems in that region.
That is false. It only solves who gets how much money. It also keeps the price of oil on the international market down as it increases the supply of oil to that market.
It CERTAINLY does not end the crisis for the people of the Nuba Mountains – it doesn’t even touch that crisis. And worse is that the OIL agreement now distracts the attention of the world away from the region and thus away from the genocide going on there by Sudan’s President Bashir. While people praise the oil deal, they ignore that President Bashir continues to terrorize helpless citizens whose only wish is to be left alone to live their lives.
Let me also remind you — that Sudanese President Bashir is in office because of the Muslim Brotherhood and Sudan is where Osama Bin Laden built up Al Qaeda. He is under International Criminal Court indictment for genocide in Darfur and should be arrested if he ever steps foot out of Sudan….and yet he got a state visit 3 weeks ago in Egypt from Egyptian President Morsi (also put in office by Muslim Brotherhood.) Human Rights groups were furious (rightfully so) with Egypt for not arresting him and instead giving him a huge welcome.
And there is this in case you have any doubts how bad President Bashir is: last month when 4 Americans were murdered in Libya, the USA Embassy in Sudan was attacked. We asked to be able to send our people to protect our Embassy and President Bashir said no. We had to take all our diplomats out of Sudan because we feared they would be killed. If we are afraid with all our barricades — imagine what it is like for the helpless people in the Nuba Mountains!
This is a crisis. Read this exerpted article below (and go to the link) – is is very good article to understand the crisis. The reporter is Alan Boswell of McClatchy Newspapers.
By Alan Boswell | McClatchy Newspapers
NAIROBI, Kenya — On Aug. 13, Kuwa Hassan’s mother carried him to the German Emergency Doctors Hospital in a rebel-held area of Sudan. Four years old, Kuwa was feverish – suffering from diarrhea – and he weighed less than 16 pounds. He was barely alive.
The clinicians treated him for severe malnutrition and nursed him back to life. They put his three siblings on a feeding program. But when the time came to release them, the mother said there was no food back home, only leaves or other wild greens.
“I think they are going to be staying with us for a while,” said Raphael Veicht, who runs the organization’s hospital and three clinics in the war zone.
Last month, global leaders congratulated Sudan and South Sudan for signing agreements to demilitarize their disputed border and to restart oil production and exports.
But the deal didn’t address the most pressing crisis in either country: the ravaged war zones on Sudan’s side of the border, where old conflicts broke wide open last year after South Sudan became independent, spewing out 200,000 refugees and trapping hundreds of thousands more in a cycle of hunger and fear largely unseen by the rest of the world.
Now, with a covert American aid operation blocked by muddy roads and no progress on ways to bring help to the conflict zones, the humanitarian situation is worsening, medical workers reached by Skype and email say. The Sudanese government continues to block official humanitarian aid into the border areas controlled by a South Sudan-friendly rebel group, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North…..
…..With that plan stymied, the U.S. rolled out a clandestine plan to send thousands of tons of food from South Sudan by road, until rains made the sole dirt track north impassable in July.
U.S. officials haven’t publicly acknowledged the cross-border aid operation, but in an interview last month with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, the Nuba Mountains rebel leader, Abdelaziz al Hilu, credited the American food aid with saving lives.
“Thanks to the American people, to the American government, that they have channeled food somewhat, and they saved thousands and thousands of lives. But it was not enough. It was not enough. And the rainy season also stopped the whole operation, and the suffering has increased,” he told Van Susteren during a visit to Washington with other leaders of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North…
…..The Nuba Mountains may not even be the worse of the two Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North battlegrounds. Some 140,000 people have poured out of Sudan’s Blue Nile state, where the Sudanese government has been conducting a scorched-earth counterinsurgency campaign that includes torching villages and poisoning wells.
Some fear that the Sudan-South Sudan accords signed last month could make the humanitarian crisis even worse. With the demilitarized border agreement in place and oil revenues expected to bolster its depleted state coffers, Sudan appears primed for a heavy military offensive in the rebel areas. Hunger is expected to be among the weapons, as it is has been in the decades of the region’s brutal civil war.
A letter last month from Nuba representatives addressed to former South African President Thabo Mbeki, who’s been mediating peace talks between Sudan and South Sudan, said the 2005 peace deal hadn’t resolved the issues they faced. It warned that the Nuba people were facing “another vicious circle of never-ending wars and sufferings.”
U.S. efforts to persuade Sudan to allow in international aid have failed so far, thanks in part to the icy relations between the countries, made worse by the attack last month on the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, which prompted the Obama administration to withdraw its diplomats.