Tuesday, November 15, 2011

South Sudan Attacks Could Signal War

And I thought that South Sudan was okay, given that now they had seperated from the North which was filled with all the Muslims who oppressed them in years past. Obviously I was wrong.
For those who don't know, Sudan was the largest country in Africa before it became two countries in July 9, 2011. The reason it split was because my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus as well the animists there were tired of being enslaved by the Arab muslims in the North. After the country split, I thought that all the problems of South Sudan would be over. It seems that I was wrong.

11/11/2011 South Sudan (World Magazine) – As UN workers prepared to unload a helicopter full of food for more than 20,000 refugees in a camp in South Sudan Thursday, a series of horrifying thuds erupted, as a large plane swooped overhead, dropping bombs.

Witnesses say the plane dropped at least four bombs, with one landing in the yard of a makeshift school for 300 children gathered for an afternoon class. Thankfully, the explosive didn’t detonate. But other bombs did explode, and a local official reported at least 12 deaths.

The Christian aid group Samaritan’s Purse reported that its workers in the camp were safe after Thursday’s attack. The relief agency manages distribution of food and other supplies in the sprawling refugee camp. (The area is so remote and swampy, aid workers airdropped supplies to the refugees until Samaritan’s Purse cleared a landing strip.) While the bombs killed few people, many fear that Thursday’s attack could represent a prelude to something much worse: a wide-scale invasion of South Sudan and a return to civil war.

Authorities believe that military planes from Northern Sudan executed the bombardment on the Yida camp near the border with South Sudan. The two countries formally separated when South Sudan declared its independence on July 9. But conflicts over the disputed North-South border have left nearly 230,000 South Sudanese residents fleeing attacks from a Northern government determined to maintain control of the oil-rich borderlands.

Leonard Leo of the Washington, D.C.-based United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) condemned the recent attacks and called the bombings “clearly an outgrowth of Sudan’s hostility against religious freedom.” During 20 years of civil war that spanned 1983 to 2005, the Muslim-based government in the North tried to force the predominantly Christian South to submit to Islamic law(Source).

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