A recent airstrikes by Sudan’s Armed forces has destroyed a Bible school in South Kordofan.
According to media reports, at least eight bombs were dropped in the area near the Bible school during the school’s first day of classes.
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations today expressed outrage by the Sudan Armed Forces’ heinous bombing of the school run by Samaritan’s Purse in the Nuba Mountains region of Southern Kordofan.
“While miraculously no one was killed, this attack-involving eight bombs dropped from the air-underscores the viciousness of Sudan’s ongoing military campaign in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states.” -Ms. Rice
Two bombs landed inside the compound — located in the region’s Nuba Mountains — destroying two Bible college buildings and igniting grass fires across the area, the group said in a statement
Ms. Rice stated that the conflict is now affecting more than 500,000 people and. She cited that if Sudan continues to deny access to international humanitarian aid while continuing its military operations, the situation in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile will reach Stage 4 of a humanitarian emergency, one step short of full-scale famine, by March.
She stressed that the United States calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities and full, immediate, unconditional access for the United Nations and international humanitarian organizations to all populations in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile.
On July 2011, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported that “extremely worrying” reports of civilian casualties and massive displacement of people, amid deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Sudanese state of Southern Kordofan, where forces of the northern and southern governments are engaged in fighting.
The northern army known as the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) is reported to be engaged in fighting with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) of Southern Sudan, the semi-autonomous region that is due to become an independent State next month. Clashes have taken place in the Southern Kordofan capital of Kadugli and surrounding areas.