Sudan Bombs Churches and Schools

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

KHARTOUM, SUDAN (Worthy News)-- After earlier denying that it had bombed civilians, last week Sudanese aerial strikes targeted church buildings and schools in Kauda, South Kordofan state.

Antonov aircraft dropped bombs on homes and livestock near churchs and schools in an "ethnic cleansing" campaign against non-Arab peoples in Sudan's multi-ethnic state. As a result, the churches are holding worship services early in the morning and late at night to avoid these aireal attacks.

To date, Sudanese Armed Forces have destroyed 10 churchs, 17 mosques, 73 villages and 48 schools, resulting in an estimated 185,000 refugees fleeing from South Kordofan and the Blue Nile states into South Sudan and Ethiopia; the U.N. estimates the conflict has created nearly 400,000 refugees, most of them in danger of starvation.

Following last year's secession of southern Sudan, Christians in Khartoum, notably those from the Nuba Mountains, live under uncertainty as they approach the April 8 deadline to either leave Sudan, or become its citizens and live under shar'ia.

Sudan's Interim National Constitution considers Islamic law as a source of legislation for policies that often favor that religion.