By Ed Lyons
In February my son Joshua and I were at the National Religious Broadcasters’ (NRB) Convention in Nashville informing people about the ongoing genocide in Southern Kordofan. For many, this was the first time they had heard about these atrocities. I told them they would be hearing about the Nuba Mountains more and more in the days and months ahead… and not just from PPF but also from the mainstream media, as the story continues to grow.
Sure enough, that is exactly what has happened. U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) traveled to Yida to see and hear for himself what PPF had informed him about in August, 2011. Congressman Wolf held a press conference when he returned to report on the ethnic cleansing, mass murder and rape carried out by uniformed soldiers of the Khartoum government. Shortly thereafter, NBC’s Ann Curry reported on the crisis as well.
Since the NRB, the word is spreading.
Contemporary Christian music artists like Mark Shultz and Jason Gray are wearing PPF’s Save The Nuba t-shirts. Radio stations and personalities like Janet Parshall (In the Marketplace), Chris Rohloff (99.3 FM KTIA), Robby Dillmore (Christian Car Guy), Russ Jones (for American Family Radio), World Magazine Radio, and Melody Scalley (103.3 FM WESR) have called requesting interviews. Our web banners and links have been placed on http://apostles.org by Dr. Michael Youssef and www.movieguide.org by Dr. Ted Baehr.
The Voice of the Martyrs has twittered about our Save the Nuba Campaign, and the Senior Vice-President of the Family Research Council (Rob Schwarzwalder) has blogged about it. Salem Communications and the Truth Broadcasting Network are running our public service announcements.
As I watch the speed at which our Save the Nuba Campaign is gaining attention, I am simply thankful to all of you who have supported us in one way or another. Whether it’s by “liking” PPF on Facebook, or signing our online petition, or sending us a donation to support our efforts, we appreciate you.
Together, our voices are being raised for the voiceless in Sudan. There are three options for Christians to take regarding the Nuba situation: ignorance, apathy or action. Thank you for choosing to get active for the persecuted!