South Sudanese and the Nuba people face extreme violence

After self determination about four years ago, South Sudan is now riddled conflict in 7 of their 10 provinces.

The Civil war began in the Capital Juba in December 2013 after an attempted coo accusation of the Vice President. 

After self determination about four years ago, South Sudan is now riddled conflict in 7 of their 10 provinces.

The Civil war began in the Capital Juba in December 2013 after an attempted coo accusation of the Vice President. 

Now, 130,000 South Sudanese have fled into UN run Protection of Civilian Site Camps, into swamps or nearby  forests. 

UN Officials say that there are up to 3 million South Sudanese displaced. 

The UN feeds these scores of people, as the conflict does not allow farmers to farm, shop owners to run their shops – people are starving to death in South Sudan. 

Children suffer greatly – they are starving, the little girls gang raped and the little boys are castrated – left to bleed to death. Women are raped, and then burnt alive. 

Experts warn that a catastrophic famine is imminent, to affect up to 5 million people in the country. 

CBN News Joins World Vision in this Documentary Report about the current state of South Sudan, titled: ‘A Cesspool of Human Suffering’ which ca be found on YouTube  

In the Nuba Mountains, the situation is even more horrific. 

The Nuba Mountains is an area located in South Kordofan, Sudan. The area is home to a group of indigenous ethnic groups known collectively as the Nuba peoples. 

In November 2014, the Enough Project published a report which details widespread human suffering unleashed by the Sudan government’s three-year military campaign targeting civilians living in the Nuba Mountains.

The Enough Project also released today “Extermination by Design: The Case for Crimes against Humanity in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains,” a policy brief by Enough Project’s Akshaya Kumar, commenting on the humanitarian report.

Key indicators of the humanitarian crisis detailed by the report include:

  • 47% have to walk more than five kilometers to reach a health facility.
  • 66% of households stated that their child had malaria in the preceding four weeks.
  • 70% of households stated that their primary barrier to food security was the insecurity caused by the violence.

Nikolas Kristof of the New York Times recently reported from the Nuba Mountains on the horrifying daily realities that locals face, through the eyes of a Western doctor missionary stationed there for years. 

Dr. Tom Catena, 51, a Catholic missionary from Amsterdam, N.Y., is the only doctor at the 435-bed Mother of Mercy Hospital nestled in the Nuba Mountains in the far south of Sudan.

Dr. Tom is the only doctor permanently based in the Nuba Mountains for a population of more than half a million people.

Nicolas reports: every day, the Sudanese government drops bombs or shells on civilians in the Nuba Mountains, part of a scorched-earth strategy to defeat an armed rebellion.

The major powers have continued to ignore the Nuba people’s plight, so it is left to “Dr. Tom” to pry out shrapnel from women’s flesh and amputate limbs of children, even as he also delivers babies and removes appendixes.

You can see footage of Dr. Tom in action here:

Dr Tom achieves all that he does, and saves multiple lives all without electricity, without running water, a telephone or so much as an X-ray machine — while under constant threat of bombing.

Sudan has dropped 11 bombs on his hospital grounds. The hospital is now surrounded by foxholes in which patients and the staff crouch when military aircraft approach. He talks about the bombings in a video here: 

Kristof notes that Dr. Tom stands out for his principled commitment, who has worked in the Nuba Mountains for eight years, living in the hospital and remaining on call 24/7.

Dr Tom is driven, he says, by his Catholic faith. “I’ve been given benefits from the day I was born,” he says. “A loving family. A great education. So I see it as an obligation, as a Christian and as a human being, to help.”

For his risks and sacrifices, Dr. Tom earns $350 a month — with no retirement plan or regular health insurance.

If you would like to support his work, please go to Nikolas Kristof’s blog here.

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