Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Beshir Declares Jihad on South Sudan

Written by Rev. H.A Bergsma
On Monday, September 2nd, 2002, General Hassan Omer el Beshir declared Jihad against the people of New/South Sudan. This came following the liberation of the historically meaningful Southern Sudan town of Torit. Beshir also pulled his delegation out of the Machakos Talks. Announced hysterically at a funeral for one of his top aides killed in Torit, Beshir gave his army and the Islamic militias a Òfree-handÓ to shoot in all directions without restraint; and to use all weapons at their disposal. Let it be known that such weapons include stocks of chemical and biological weapons, and Beshir's army is notorious for targeting the civil population, schools, hospitals and relief centres. On this one-year anniversary of September 11, it is essential to remember, amid all the commemorating of the victims of last year's tragedy in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania, that terrorism is still very much alive and well in the Sudan. Since Sept 11, tens of thousands of people in Sudan have been forcibly displaced from Sudan's oil fields; the lives of hundreds of thousands are being threatened by Khartoum's well known, verified "weapon of mass destruction"--deliberate starvation. Meanwhile, despite the assurances of oil company executives, the Sudan government continues its use of terrorism as a weapon of war; and it continues its support for international terrorism, inciting support for radical Islamic groups, and facilitating the financing of terrorist organizations--even for Al Qaeda. Let us, as we mourn the deaths and suffering of those who died on September 11, not forget the cries of the Sudanese people, who are enduring unimaginable suffering at the hands of the same kind of terrorists that caused last year's horrors. And let us not forget that this suffering is funded by oil revenues generated in part by a Canadian oil company. Why is the world ignoring the obvious links between Khartoum, oil development, and international terrorism? Why is the world silent, when so many thousands of innocent civilians in Sudan are on the verge of annihilation? Unless we hear and act on the cries of our Sudanese brothers and sisters, we cannot say that we have learned the lessons from September 11. (Information received from Federation of Sudanese Civil Society Organization and from The Voice of the Martyrs, Canada)
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