Like you, we were horrified to read of the fate of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, as well as of British citizen David Haines, at the hands of the Islamists of ISIS. Worse, to see the terrible images of the beheadings and the warning of more to come!
What disturbed us most are the similarities between the brutality of what we are seeing in Syria and Iraq with what has been happening in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan for more than three years. The difference is that the Nuba story has been largely ignored by the mainstream media.
In June, 2011, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) attacked the civilians in the Nuba capital city of Kadugli. Soldiers went house-to-house butchering residents who were ethnic Nubans, Christians, or political opponents. The slaughter was so great that 11,000 people fled their homes and sought refuge at the UN compound in the city.
What was supposed to be a place of protection became a place of slaughter.
SAF soldiers brazenly entered the UN compound and began pulling people out, murdering them right outside the gate, while Egyptian UN soldiers watched.
We know this. because in July 2011, we were in the Nuba Mountains interviewing dozens of survivors of the Kadugli massacre. The witnesses kept saying the same thing: “They slaughtered them like goats.” Having seen many goats slaughtered in Sudan, the mental picture was not pretty – little sharp knives being used to slit the throat, and then crudely severing the head from the body once the bleeding stopped – exactly what happened to our American journalists and Mr. Haines.
No one knows exactly how many died in Kadugli during the slaughter. Satellite Sentinel posted evidence of mass graves being dug in the city. The best data suggests that up to 7,000 people are still unaccounted.
The enemy is real. His violent deeds are well known.
What can we do in the face of such evil?
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Please stand with us as we demonstrate active compassion for our persecuted brethren in the Nuba Mountains.