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My friend Fran reminded me, it was Rumbek, South Sudan, not Juba, where the UN meal tent included a chef who was wearing a white uniform and white hat, and there was a seven-course buffet. When she protested how immoral this was, the response was that it was "the only way they could get UN staff/NGO's to come to South Sudan." I guess there will be a circle in Hell where those who ate filet mignon while those outside starved will eat insects for eternity.
And it is not only big wigs in New York and Vienna at the U.N. Even in SOUTH SUDAN, my friends who have been there on mission work tell of the UN tent where meals are cooked by a gourmet chef, while, literally, people are starving outside the tent.
The accusation of USCIRF being anti-Muslim (by those who want to shut up the truth - can you say "defamation of religion" or "incitement to violence" from the vile U.N. resolutions? -- is one of things that has caused USCIRF to be more cautious about what they are able to say. They are still a good agency, and do have many great commissioners and staff, but they seem to have less independence than they did before (before Obama?) and to be more in lockstep with the State Department, when they were actually created, by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, to be a counter-point and an antidote to the State Department, which puts diplomacy before truth.
They did have credible elections. But the Islamists did not like the results and so 700 churches were burned down, and hundreds of Christians killed, when President Goodluck Jonathan was elected. And are you talking about the social situation for Boko Haram, who is receiving millions of petro-dollars from the rest of the jihadists in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia? They are not poor and marginalized youths. That is a lie of the Asst. Sec. of State for Africa, Johnnie Carson, and other apologists for Islam.
Not true that there have been no Islamic "with sword" conquests in Indonesia. The Laskar Jihad slaughtered thousands of Christians in Sulawesi, Poso, etc. in the late 1990's. Christians who were not killed were forcibly converted to Islam and circumcised - men, women, and little babies. The Laskar Jihad attacked a Christian youth camp, killing the counselors and all those who were not able to flee, including 13 year old Roy Pontoh, who they threatened with death if he would not convert to Islam. They sliced off his arms when he said that he would not, that he was a soldier of Christ, and finally killed him. Glad that there are Muslims for Life and Muslims for Peace...but there are Islamists for death that cannot be denied.
There are still many black African Sudanese from the South and Nuba Mountains who are in slavery in the north and in other countries of North Africa. As far as I know, the slave raids by Arab Muharaleen that used to take place in the 80's, 90's, and even early 00's, are not taking place as they once were. You can find out more about that from Christian Solidarity International - the great organization that has redeemed tens of thousands of Sudanese out of slavery. The root of the problem is the mentality of those Arab Sudanese who see the black Africans as "abid" the Arabic word that means both "slave" and "black" even when the people are not actually slaves.
I agree, Cassandra. It is a shame that with all the emphasis on racism from this Administration, they cannot see or acknowledge the most vile form of racism, that exists in Sudan. And the irony is, Nafie may think of himself as a Muslim Arab, but the Arabs of Saudi Arabia, etc. would still be racist against HIM and consider him black!
Sudan is a country under the domination and suppression of Islamists. There are both Christians and Muslims in Sudan who resist (to the point of death) Islamization and Arabization. Unfortunately, our USG will not identify jihad or Islamist supremacism for the racism and terrorism that it is.
Dear Adina: Thank you for all of this helpful information. My friend the linguist (in the article) has also mentioned Bashir's uncle, but this is the first time I have seen some documentation on him and the role he plays. Also glad to see the paper by Lady Cox. She is a good friend of me and of the Sudanese people! G-D bless. Faith
Yes they should have the right to fight back - but you KNOW that the U.S., the U.N., the media, etc. will then of course blame them. But basically they are all blaming the Christians already...for having the temerity to exist!