Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir all but declared war against his newly-independent neighbor on Thursday, vowing to teach South Sudan a “final lesson by force” after it occupied a disputed oil field.
South Sudan accused Bashir of planning “genocide” and said it would fight to protect its people.
Mounting violence since Sudan split into two countries last year has raised the prospect of two sovereign African states waging war against each other openly for the first time since Ethiopia fought newly-independent Eritrea in 1998-2000.
Both are poor countries – South Sudan is one of the poorest in the world – and the dispute between them has already halted nearly all the oil production that underpins both economies.
Via The Anchoress, I recommend that all Christians, Catholic or not, commit to setting aside the hour and a half it will take you to listen to this entire presentation on worldwide violence against Christians. I can’t claim I watched it, but listening to it was a powerful experience.