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Bishop: the world is ignoring the massacre of my people

By on Thursday, 16 February 2012

Bishop Gassis celebrates Mass in exile in Kenya in 2005 (CNS photo by Deacon Greg LaFreniere, Long Island Catholic)

Bishop Gassis celebrates Mass in exile in Kenya in 2005 (CNS photo by Deacon Greg LaFreniere, Long Island Catholic)

A Sudanese bishop has said the world has forgotten people in his diocese, where thousands have sought shelter from a government bombing campaign and aid agencies cannot gain access.

Bishop Macram Max Gassis of El Obeid, Sudan, said “there is an ongoing forgotten massacre on the Nuba Mountains” where “people are dying of starvation and bombings”.

Bishop Gassis’s diocese straddles a border area of Sudan and South Sudan. For months, the Sudanese government has been fighting the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North in the South Kordofan state.

Bishop Gassis told Fides, the Vatican missionary news agency, in February that “even the Church has had its victims”.

He told Fides that none of the priests, religious or medical personnel had abandoned the people, despite the constant bombardment and seeing the “mangled bodies of civilians, especially children”.

Sudan has allowed only a limited amount of aid into the area, and on February 14 the UN Security Council, expressing “deep and growing alarm with the rising levels of malnutrition and food insecurity”, called on the government to let it send aid workers to South Kordofan and other states along the Sudan-South Sudan border.

Bishop Gassis expressed concern over increasing tensions between the neighbouring countries. He said South Sudan did not want war, but Sudanese President Omar Bashir “tries to solve problems with new wars”.

Sudan accuses South Sudan of backing the SPLM-North in its efforts to overthrow the Sudanese government.

Bishop Gassis also noted that South Sudan has closed off its oil supplies to the North. South Sudan produces 350,000 barrels of oil per day, but the only pipeline to market runs through Sudan. The two countries sent representatives to Ethiopia to negotiate the oil situation.

  • Joycelen7

    That is funny. NO comments. Hmm…. the world has truly ignored, and apparently does not want to be reminded. May God intervene for these people! And God have forgiveness for us, who ignore…

  • Doug

    thanks for brining the lampstand in East Africa to my attention!!!

  • Florin S.

    I think Joycelen7, that people are so overwhelmed by fears and concerns for their own families that it’s hard for them to look beyond.  There seems to be war and strife everywhere we look; not much good news is put out there and so people are scared…but Americans, especially the middle class Americans, are among the most generous givers to the poor…I worked in Hait for many years and most donations came from areas where the poor and middle class live…

  • Robert Sledz

    I wish we had an address where we can get personally involved with the church here in sudan and help financially in some way…………….??

  • Mal

    This is another Bosnia – except that the victims are Christians. Will Nato interfere her and stop the masacre?

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  • Carver1

    When Catholics are being attacked and killed no governments seem to care. They even ignore the slaughter of Christians in the countries supposedly set free by the west in the middle east even at times contributing to the forces who intend to persecute Christians. There is either a blindness or an indifference to the suffering of Christians. If Assad falls in Syria the slaughter of Christians will begin there as the local Bishop have suggested just as in Iraq.

  • Sszorin

    We live in the world run by the freemasonic governments. They not only do not care about catholics, they want the catholics to disappear. : 

  • KiwiNZ1

    This should be renamed

    Bishop: Yahweh is ignoring the massacre of my people
    Everyone reading this has a better moral character than Yahweh. Consider that if you could, you would save these people from massacre.

    Yahweh chooses not to try to save them. Impotent, amoral or nonexistent ?