“The Nuba Mountain region of Sudan is one of the most difficult places to be a Christian anywhere on earth,” said Dr Jason Peters of VOM Global Partnerships, after an intensive week travelling in the bush inside Sudan.
Why would he comment so strongly about the Nuba Mountain region?
Firstly, Christians in Nuba face extreme poverty. Imagine daily life without power, water, employment, shelter, industry, fuel or communications.
Secondly, Christians in Nuba experience daily aerial bombardment and rocket attacks by the Khartoum government. They are direct victims of an active genocide campaign.
And thirdly, there is almost no access to medical care and education in the region. The government has bombed schools and hospitals since 2011, and almost all of them have ceased operations. One child was killed by a bomb that fell during Dr Peters’ visit.
For 23 years Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, has fought against the residents of South Sudan, killing 2.5 million people and displacing another 4 million. In 2003, the Sudanese government began attacking the area of Dafur, resulting in the killing of an additional 450,000 people and the displacement of another 2.5 million Dafuris. In 2011, Bashir’s Armed Forces invaded South Kordofan and the Blue Nile State of Sudan. Untold thousands have been killed in the years since, with hundreds of thousands displaced. The daily attacks continue.
The Nuba Mountains of Southern Kordofan are home to the largest community of Christians remaining in Sudan. Bashir is intent on eradicating these people. Physical aid and encouragement are needed. At the same time, fighting has erupted in South Sudan. Since December 2013, an estimated 100,000 people have been killed and many times more displaced from their homes and villages.
The comfort of God’s Word
VOM Australia is partnering with other VOM offices throughout the world to provide help for our brothers and sisters in Sudan. The believers requested Bibles, and VOM Australia supplied $30,000 in order to purchase them. In addition to this need, other projects have continued ever since VOM’s initial involvement in the late 1990s. VOM internationally has responded to the crisis in Sudan by providing medical supplies, blankets and other practical help as well as Bibles.
You can make a contribution to help supply these essential items to believers under oppression in many places around the globe. Click here to make your donation for similar projects through our Bibles and Literature, Families of Martyrs or VOMedical funds.
Thank you for standing with your persecuted family in Sudan and helping us to reach out with love and support in their time of need.