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Sudanese bishops plead for help to end genocide

Two Sudanese bishops, calling the civil war in their country genocide, have asked the international community for help in ending the violence.

In a briefing at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum last Wednesday, Bishops Paride Taban of Torit and Rudolf Deng Majak of Wau described a country where forests are strewn with human bones, oil wells are a curse, constructing buildings is dangerous, and schools require bomb shelters - if their classrooms are not being raided for potential soldiers.

Bishop Taban said that, having been to Jerusalem, he was familiar with genocide, but that anyone who visited the southern forests of Sudan "will know there has been a holocaust."

The bishop described portions of the Sudanese countryside where "human bodies were smashed into the ground by tanks," and yet "nobody speaks of this. These are very painful things ... these are things happening today."

"Many people are traumatized," he said, "because of the bombs, because of hunger, because of the land mines. You find women and children wandering through the bush talking to themselves. When they hear the planes, they cry, 'God where are you?'"

Catholic News Service

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum | Genocide Warning: Sudan
Sudan Update, Sep 02 (US Bishops)
Khartoum continues persecution of Church in Southern Sudan (3/10/02)
Catholic relief organisation sounds alarm on Sudan (15/7/02)
Sudan diocese fears hundreds killed in attacks (15/5/02)
War in Sudan: Catholic Relief Services
Sudan Alert, Jesuit Refugee Service (28/8/01)

28 Oct 2002