Episcopal Church of Sudan visit to Abeyi finds town destroyed and deserted

12 October 2012

In an initial report, the partiipants said the town is deserted apart from “a few stragglers”, and has been completely destroyed. One eye-witness from the delegation described it as reminiscent of World War II photos of the aftermath of the atomic bombs dropped on Japanese cities. Only the mosque was untouched.

The Catholic church, Catholic and ECS schools, boreholes, administrative offices, government houses, power station, shops, even the latrines, have all been destroyed. The UN forces are perceived as being allegedly biased against the Dinka. There appeared to be no humanitarian agencies working there, as apparently it is considered part of Sudan and they do not work cross-border.

A huge number of refugees from Abyei, perhaps as many as 100,000 are in Agok with very few basic
services. The people simply ask for what is their right under the Abyei Protocol of the CPA, agreed by both parties: a referendum in which they can chose their destiny.

The Church will be releasing a full report, with pictures and video, in the near future.