Um Serdiba is a Nuba community within shelling range of Sudan Armed Forces' (SAF) artillery in the nearby garrison city of Kadugli. But Um Serdiba is not a military target. It is the home of several thousand Nuba IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons).
Last week, SAF artillery shells killed three Nuba children as they lay sleeping in their home at 4 a.m. Another six children were severely burned and driven several hours to be treated at Mother of Mercy Hospital. All nine children belonged to two families.
Last Friday, PPF President Brad Phillips and Founding Director Matt Chancey met with Dr. Tom Catena at Mother of Mercy and went to visit the six children, ages 2 to 11, from Um Serdiba. Sadly, one had already succumbed to her wounds before they arrived.
Hearing the moans of these burned children broke their hearts. As parents, watching a child gasp for breath as his little body fights for its life is a horrible experience. Yet, this is the reality for the people living in the Nuba.
On an almost daily basis since the return of the dry season, SAF forces have been shooting artillery shells and dropping bombs into markets, schools, clinics, churches and IDP communities like Um Serdiba.
This is not a military campaign. These are war crimes.
PPF is engaged in active compassion in the Nuba Mountains. Brad and Matt were told by local officials that PPF is one of only four organizations still operating in the war zone to provide basic services to 1.2 million residents. PPF's safe water, medical, relief and evangelistic outreaches are giving hope and encouragement to Sudan's largest Christian community. Your compassion is what's making this work possible.