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June 20, 2011
Ramping Up to Another Jihad Genocide in The Sudan?
There is a refreshingly honest -- and alarming -- piece by Alan Boswell writing for Time on the accumulating evidence that yet another jihad genocide may be under way in The Sudan -- Arab Muslim mass murderers preying upon indigenous non-Arab, primarily Christian black, this time in the Nuba Mountains.
Sudan's history is strewn with cases of mass atrocities against non-Arabs in the south and north, with Darfur being only the latest; reports in recent weeks from Sudan's South Kordofan state suggest history could be repeating itself yet again. There, members of a minority, opposition-aligned African ethnic group are being slaughtered "like animals,"in the words of one alarming church statement. The diverse tribes live in a rugged land of mud-hut villages called the Nuba Mountains. So far, besides an aerial-bombardment campaign against the Nuba areas, the targeted killings against them have been mostly confined to the major towns, as tens of thousands flee into the hills where, for now, they are mostly safe.
However, Boswell reports that internal U.N. documents obtained by TIME,
Ever since the one-sided carnage began two weeks ago, the Arab Muslim-dominated Sudanese government in Khartoum under jihadist and war criminal Omar al-Bashir,
These accounts are consistent with official statements from church and domestic and international advocacy groups, based on reports they are gathering from the ground. Conservative death toll estimates as of now suggest that the number is at least in the "hundreds," with a minimum of 60,000 displaced.
The feckless UN peacekeeping presence confined to its Kadugli base, includes Egyptian peacekeepers, viewed as very sympathetic toward the Arab Khartoum government, and accused by many Nuba of being complicit in targeted assassinations within the U.N. camp sheltering displaced refugees.
President Obama's call "to end the fighting" -- regardless of its immoral equivalence -- has had no discernible impact on the ground. Although U.S. special envoy to Sudan, Princeton Lyman, told Time that the U.S. was attempting to facilitate a cease-fire, it remained unclear whether the government in Khartoum was even willing to negotiate.
Jihad depredations against the Nuba are a recurring phenomenon in Sudan's history. Winston Churchill's accounts from The River War as a young British soldier fighting in the Sudan at the end of the 19th century, described the chronic situation, in its larger context, as follows:
Churchill also includes a specific description of a jihad campaign against the Nuba under Emir Abu Anga's "Jehadia,"
Known for their weaponry, cruelty, and predatory nature, the Jehadia
During the 1990s, some 500,000 Nuba were killed when the Arab Muslim Khartoum government declared jihad against them.
Alan Boswell concludes his report by noting that he visited the Nuba Mountains in April,
The Nuba's chronic plight raises yet again this overarching moral and existential question for our era of resurgent global jihad posed in 1999 by the late southern Sudanese leader John Garang:
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