Thursday, January 15, 2015

RLPB 292. SUDAN: urgent prayer need

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 292 | Fri 16 Jan 2015
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By Elizabeth Kendal

Background: RLPB 286 (11 Nov 2014). The Islamic Government of Sudan (GoS) has expressed its intent to bring the conflict in the Nuba Mountains to an end, not through negotiations, but through genocide. Defence documents leaked in Aug 2014 revealed that the regime plans to starve the non-Arab and mostly Christian Nuba just as it did in the early 1990s. Once the people are starving the GoS will attempt to recruit them, with offers of food, to fight against their own people. Those who resist will perish. An estimated 100,000 Nuba died in the genocide of 1992-1993.

GoS troops surged into Nuba territory this week and are now just 20km east of the strategic town of Kauda, which serves as the de facto capital of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N). The SPLM-N’s armed wing, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N), is fighting to protect the Nuba from Islamisation and genocidal jihad. However, with artillery of the Sudan Armed Forces now in range, civilians have evacuated areas around Mendi, Angartu and Kara Jumous in the Nuba Mountains. [For full report, see Nuba Reports] The SPLA-N recently managed to fight off GoS forces that had attacked the state capital of Kadugli, which was the site of massacres and ethnic cleansing in June 2011 [see RLPB 113 (21 June 2011) & RLM ‘Nuba Genocide Resumes’, (24 June 2011)]. It was the second major attack this year. The gravely imperilled Nuba are fleeing deeper into SPLA-N held territory without any assurances they will find refuge from a regime that is determined to eliminate them.

Please pray – especially this Sunday as gathered communities – that the Lord our God will defend the Nuba, preserve his people, provide all their needs and deliver them from evil.

Pray Psalm 10 for the Nuba and for Sudan.

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Elizabeth Kendal is the author of
Turn Back the Battle: Isaiah Speaks to Christians Today
(Deror Books, Dec 2012).