February 27, 2012

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

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

Gassis' diocese straddles a border area of Sudan and South Sudan, and members of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North fought with the South for independence.

For months, the Sudanese government has been fighting the SPLM-North in Sudan's South Kordofan state.

Gassis told Fides, the Vatican missionary news agency, in mid-February that "even the church has had its victims."

However, he told Fides, none of the priests, religious and medical personnel have abandoned the people, despite the constant bombardment and seeing the "mangled bodies of civilians, especially children."