It has been a couple of weeks since I returned from the Nuba Mountains of Northern Sudan, Africa. After going to a place like this, I get very confused and it takes me a while to make any sense of this world and my place in it. So, I just stay quiet and ponder for a while. Sudan is a country that has long seen horrific conflicts. Two rounds of north-south civil war cost the lives of 1.5 million people, and a conflict in Darfur drove two million people from their homes and killed more than 200,000.
The largely Christian population of the Nuba Mountains has been the targets of the ethnic cleansing and genocide for the past 6 years by the Islamic Republic of Sudan led by the brutal dictator and war criminal Omar al-Bashir. The Nuba Mountains are a war zone where residences live in desperate conditions, constantly fleeing from relentless bombs, armed attacks and seeking refuge inside foxholes and caves. The continuous attacks have limited access to food, water and prevented the planting of crops creating a terrible famine. The bombing of medical clinics and hospitals have left much of the population without any health care. Perhaps most evil, the North Sudanese government has banned all humanitarian aid from coming into this region. This means that when we go there, we are operating illegally. All of our supplies, everything that goes in and out of those Mountains, come through the very unstable and dangerous capital of South Sudan, Juba using old, large Russian made cargo planes called Antonovs…we ride in the back with our cargo.
Why would you go there you might ask? First, I sit on the board of the Persecution Project Foundation and we are a non-profit organization that brings food, medical care, crisis relief, and hope to victims genocide and religious persecution in Sudan. We are currently helping to build a hospital in the middle of the Nuba Mountains, and we delivered 15 tons of food and medicine as well as an ambulance on this trip. I also go because I love the people (especially the children) of the Sudan, and I believe this is what God has called me to do. I do not believe my life is any more important than that of any child in those Mountains. If you are interest in our organization, “like” us on Facebook at Persecution Project Foundation.
In the next few days, I will share pictures and videos from this trip. I do this not because I want to bring attention to me because I don’t. I share them for three reasons: 1) so that you will be aware of what is happening in that part of Africa, and you can keep these beautiful people who are being persecuted in your thoughts and prayers; 2) if you would like to support the work of our non-profit, you can go to http://persecutionproject.org; and 3) I share them to help us ALL realized how incredibly blessed we are.