June 02, 2004

Peaceful religion watch

Sudan - Why There Are "No Villages Left to Burn".
In 1983, 11 years of peace between northern Sudan, dominated by Arab Muslims, and southern Sudan, dominated by black Christians and animists, came to an end. As part of a program to implement Islamic law throughout Sudan, President Ja'far Numayri divided southern Sudan into three provinces. The citizens of the non-Muslim south rebelled.
Autonomy for the south was not universally popular in the north. Hasan al-Turabi, the leader of the National Islamic Front (NIF), an Islamic fundamentalist movement with a strong presence throughout northern Sudan's civil society, allied himself with Umar Hasan al-Bashir, a major General in the Sudanese army willing to continue the war.

Found via Instapundit.