Sudan: The Nuba Brace For More Jihad


Date:  February 17, 2016

by Elizabeth Kendal 

For Christians in the southern hemisphere, summer is fading and will soon be 
replaced with the glorious colours of autumn/fall. For Christians in the 
northern hemisphere, winter is coming to a close and spring is in sight, 
heralded by early blossoms. For Christians in the tropics, the wet season is 
over, the roads are opening and people are on the move once again. What this 
means for Christians in northern hemisphere and tropical conflict zones, 
however, is that the fighting season is upon them: the Spring Offensives are 
about to begin.  

Long economically and politically marginalised, discriminated against and 
violently persecuted, the black African peoples of Sudan's Darfur (in the 
west) and South Kordofan and Blue Nile (in the south) oppose the overtly 
racist, Arabist supremacist and Islamist totalitarian rule of the Government 
of Sudan (GoS) in Khartoum. However, the GoS does not abide opposition, 
resistance or rebellion, especially when Darfur has gold, Blue Nile has gold 
and water and South Kordofan has oil. The GoS wants these regions subdued - 
preferably ethnically cleansed and repopulated with Arab Muslims who will 
support the regime in Khartoum. Located in the centre of South Kordofan, the 
Nuba Mountains are home to some 50 African tribes, collectively known as the 
Nuba. Predominantly Christian, the Nuba have already survived an attempted 
genocidal jihad in 1992-93, when 100,000 Nuba perished from GoS attacks 
alone. In June 2011, ahead of the secession of South Sudan, the GoS 
re-launched its genocidal jihad against the Nuba. By September 2011 the GoS 
had spread its war into Blue Nile. [Darfur (west) is a separate theatre of 
conflict. For more background on the GoS jihad in the south, see RLPB 194 (22 
Jan 2013)].  

Fighting is virtually impossible during the wet season in Sudan which lasts 
from May to October. During the dry season, GoS strategy involves aerial 
bombardment followed by ground offensives aimed at devastating and decimating 
non-compliant peoples ahead of the next wet season when roads will again be 
impassable and delivery of aid virtually impossible.  

In late November 2015 Defence Minister Awad Ibnauf told the federal 
parliament that the areas controlled by the rebel Sudan People's Liberation 
Army-North (SPLA-N) 'will be liberated through a massive military operation'. 
 Days later, sources in Blue Nile and South Kordofan told Radio Tamazuj 
(Sudan) that Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) troops and equipment were arriving in 
Malkan, Geissan and outskirts of Kurmuk areas in Blue Nile state, and in 
Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan State. On 9 February 2016 an 
eye-witness in West Kordofan told Radio Tamazuj that SAF troops had passed 
through El-Fula on their way to South Kordofan. The source reported seeing 
some 500 pick-up trucks belonging to the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), the 
GoS-sponsored Arab militia (janaweed). According to the source, the convoy 
appeared to be ethnically mixed, which could indicate the GoS is now 
employing foreign jihadists.  

Similarly, eye-witnesses have told Nuba Reports that the GoS is amassing 
troops along the borders of SPLA-N-controlled areas. 'Mass government troop 
movements are repositioning themselves south of South Kordofan's capital, 
Kadugli, to areas near the Sudan and South Sudan border. Other government 
forces are moving from Rashad County to Abu Jubaiha in South Kordofan in what 
may be a two-pronged attack on the rebel-controlled capital town, Kauda.' Eye 
witnesses in Blue Nile have also reported a mass build-up of troops 'moving 
at night through the state's capital, Damazin, south to the Kurmuk County 
region'. The spokesperson for the SPLA-N, Arnu Ngutulu, confirmed that the 
SPLA-N is preparing and re-positioning accordingly. Sources maintain this is 
the largest build-up of SAF troops they have seen. While an estimated 4000 
troops are believed to have arrived in the south, the ultimate number of 
troops could be much larger as the SAF has been recruiting within the area as 
well. The situation across the entire 'New South' is extremely serious and 
some 230,000 predominantly Christian Nuba are at imminent risk of military 


* 'Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God's right hand, with 
angels, authorities and powers in submission to him' (1 Peter 3:22 ESV), the 
Lord of Hosts, will command his forces to fight in defence of his precious 
people; may the SPLA-N prevail; may the people be spared; may the plans of 
the wicked come to nothing.  For the Nuba: Psalm 33:8-22.  

* the Lord will protect the Nuba, along with their crops and livestock, 
maintaining access to food and medical aid, and providing his children with 
everything they need.  

* God will bless all those who risk their lives to bring aid and to support 
the imperilled believers of the Nuba Mountains; may aid groups be blessed 
with everything they need to fund and deliver aid to the Nuba; may local 
pastors have divine wisdom and insight, as well as a shield of protection, so 
they can care for the flock and help their faith.  

* the Sovereign King of Kings will lift up his hand against the evil regime 
in Khartoum which wreaks terror across the land and kills with impunity. Pray 
Psalm 33:8-22 and Psalm 10:12-18.  

NOTE: In February 2012 the GoS drove some 200,000 starving Nuba out of the 
mountains and was preparing to massacre them in the Kauda valley, until the 
battle was turned back in answer to prayer [see RLPB 148 (28 Feb 2012)]. Just 
twelve months ago, in January 2015, SAF and RSF forces surged into Nuba 
territory and advanced to within 20km of the rebel capital, Kauda, [RLPB 292 
(16 Jan 2015)] before the battle was turned back at the gate in answer to 
prayer [RLPB 294 (28 Jan 2015)]. As long as the Arab supremacist, Islamist 
regime of President Omar el-Bashir is in power in Khartoum, the Nuba will be 
imperilled existentially. The world has abandoned them but if the Church 
keeps its hands up in prayer, the Lord will most surely enable them to 
prevail. May the Nuba declare: 'The Lord is my Banner.' (Exodus 17:8-16)  

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