Exiled Bishop Macram Max Gassis of El Obeid, Sudan, has said that there is a genocide being planned against Christians in southern Sudan by the Islamic regime of Khartoum.
   Bishop Gassis, was visiting the United States to receive an award for his work and inform authorities.
   The Bishop sent a message to the people of the Nuba mountains, especially those of Kauda, and to all his faithful, offering his prayers and support at this difficult time. Recent aggressions against the southern Christian population by the army of Khartoum have included the bombing of a Catholic school in Kauda, in which 21 children and their teachers died.
   He said: "Once again I have said to the world that the National Islamic Front of Khartoum is carrying out a genocide against Christians, and Africans who are not Arabs, with the objective of establishing a radical Islamic state. These terrible, heartbreaking incidents, are another example that this war is an ethnic and religious war, launched by the Khartoum regime, in order to destroy my people."
   Following a meeting with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the bishop said: "Let's hope that the government of the United States can begin decisive action to halt aerial bombings in the future."

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