"UNCONSCIONABLE violence and unimaginable human-rights
violations" have been visited on the civilian population of the
Sudanese states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, the Bishop of
Kadugli, the Rt Revd Andudu Adam Elnail, said last week.
Bishop Elnail was speaking as part of an interfaith delegation
that travelled to Ethiopia to urge the African Union to do more to
avert a potential "humanitarian catastrophe" in Sudan. The leaders
of Sudan and South Sudan signed a deal in September to secure their
shared border (
News, 12 October), but fighting between the Sudanese army and
the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) continues in South
Kordofan and Blue Nile.
The UN under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations,
Hervé Ladsous, reported on Wednesday of last week that a "lack of
progress" in resolving security, economic and political issues with
South Sudan, continued to "directly impact stability".
Bishop Elnail said that "mosques and churches have been attacked
and many lives have been lost. But rather than dividing the people,
these attacks have served to further unify the many faiths that
have always peacefully coexisted."
The Bishop told the BBC radio Sunday programme this
week of his concerns about the thousands of children living in the
Yida refugee camp in South Sudan. In the week before 16 November,
there were 2100 new arrivals, of which more than 85 per cent were
women and children.
Mr Ladsous also reported last week that Jonglei State, in South
Sudan, is the "epicentre" of persistent security challenges. Many
leaders had confessed to having little control over young people,
against a backdrop of "weakened traditional community
Cattle raids and child abductions have blighted the state (
News, 27 January), but the Archbishop of Sudan, Dr Daniel Deng,
told the Sunday programme that efforts to return children
to their parents had been "very encouraging".
Sudan visit. Two priests from the diocese of
Salisbury have spoken about the "humbling" impact of their visit to
South Sudan. The Rector of Blandford Forum and Langton Lang, the
Revd Tim Storey, and the Priest-in-Charge of St Mark's, Salisbury,
the Revd Jim Findlay, spent three weeks teaching at Bishop Ngalamu
Theological College, Mundri.
Mr Findlay spoke of how the village of one student, from the
diocese of Ibba, had been attacked by the Lord's Resistance Army,
Congolese rebels, and the SPLA. The student's parents were killed,
and he had to give up his education to look after his family.
"He is talking about his priority being ministry for the Lord,"
Mr Findlay said. "It is encountering stories like that that leave
you utterly humbled and challenged about your own ministry, your
own life, your own priorities."