Million Sudanese Without Food, Bishop Says
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar. 7, 01 (CWNews.com) - Up to one million
people have been displaced from their homes and are without
food and water in southern Sudan, according to the bishop
of Rumbek, Sudan.
Bishop Cesare Mazzolari told the Misna missionary news
agency, "A million people are living under the nightmare of
extreme hunger and thirst. These people are on the brink of
death." Soldiers of the Islamic government in the north
have been fighting mainly Christian rebels in the south for
decades, leaving more than a million people dead.
Bishop Mazzolari said most dire situation was in Bahr
el-Ghazal in southern central Sudan, where people are
already dying of thirst and are faced with cholera and
other diseases. "The people are so weak from lack of food
that they are facing a famine like that which occurred in
1998," he said.
UN aid workers said at least 600,000 people in Bahr
el-Ghazal are in need of food aid and that a surge in
fighting in the area has made the situation worse.
March 8, 2001
volume 12, no. 67
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