Archbishop of Canterbury’s statement on South Kordofan, Sudan

Posted On : June 14, 2011 11:56 AM |


Archbishop of Canterbury’s statement on South Kordofan, Sudan

From Lambeth Palace

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has released the following
statement regarding recent violence in South Kordofan, Sudan:

“Along with the Christian leaders represented in the Sudan Ecumenical Forum and
Council of Churches and many more throughout the world, we deplore the mounting
level of aggression and bloodshed in South Kordofan State and the
indiscriminate violence on the part of government troops against civilians.
Numerous villages have been bombed. More than 53,000 people have been driven
from their homes. The new Anglican cathedral in Kadugli has been burned down.
UN personnel in the capital, Kadugli, are confined to their compound and are
unable to protect civilians; the city has been overrun by the army, and heavy
force is being used by government troops to subdue militias in the area, with
dire results for local people. Many brutal killings are being reported.

This violence is a major threat to the stability of Sudan just as the new state of
South Sudan is coming into being. The humanitarian challenge is already great,
and the risk of another Darfur situation, with civilian populations at the
mercy of government-supported terror, is a real one.

International awareness of this situation is essential. The UN Security Council, the EU, the
Arab League and the African Union need to co-operate in guaranteeing
humanitarian access and safety for citizens, and we hope that our own
government, which has declared its commitment to a peaceful future for Sudan,
will play an important part in this.”



One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Mark Braverman on June 15, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    There are lies and there are damn lies. The story that Christians are under pressure (and leaving in great numbers) in the Holy Land because of conflict with or persecution by Muslims is one of those. Palestinians will tell you that Christians and Muslims have been doing fine together in the Holy Land for a long time. Of course, it’s the occupation.



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