Sudanese bishop describes Kordofan killings as 'ethnic cleansing'

Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail

An Anglican Bishop from Kadugli, the main town in Sudan's South Kordofan is describing the killings going on there as 'ethnic cleansing.'

Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail is calling on the UN Security Council to protect the people of Nuba Mountains.

Fighting broke out in the area in June between the Sudanese Armed Forces-SAF and the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army or SPLA.

Over the past two months, many civilians have been killed in air strikes led by the northern army or SAF, the Bishop says.

Thousands others are hiding in the caves of the Nuba Mountains.

Bishop Andudu says people in his congregation are among some of the witnesses.

"If you are dead with the bombs, next year you'll die from the famine because the Government of Sudan is not allowing the humanitarian to go and give aid food and medicine to the people on the ground. And there is a lot of killing going on and we consider this as ethnic cleansing. And that's why we are calling on the UN Security Council to consider what is going on in Sudan."

The Bishop says he will not return to Kadugli because his life is in danger.

Southern Kordofan lies in Sudan but borders the newly independent South Sudan.

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