Sudanese bishop urges EU help in ending conflict in his country

A Catholic bishop from Sudan has criticised the European Union’s ongoing support for the Sudanese government and called for the bloc to instead contribute to a peaceful settlement to the “hidden and forgotten conflict” there. 

Speaking in Brussels, where he was a guest of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), Bishop Max Gassis, formerly of the Diocese El Obeid in Sudan highlighted the intense suffering of the people of the Nuba Mountains who continue to suffer “hunger, disease, insecurity, and above all, silence in the face of evils that are killing innocent people” from regular aerial bombardments.

Bishop Gassis called for Europe to work for an immediate end to the aerial attacks, the opening of humanitarian corridors and mediation between the warring sides in Sudan.