Though her songs are not likely to be heard on your
local Christian radio station, the music of a talented Christian woman is well
known in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains. The Nuba people know Neima Abiad Idris as the
“Peace Singer.” Neima, 49, was a wife and mother of six whose life was cut
short by bomb shrapnel on Nov. 6, 2014 when an Antonov bomb struck her home
village of Kadir, in the Nuba Mountains.
Neima’s life testimony represents the faith and
courage of so many Nuba Christians. She was the mother of four sons and two
daughters, and she is a hero and a martyr. She died because she wouldn’t run
away from the genocidal terror that targeted her family and her community.
Neima’s most recent Christian music album was called
“Building Peace, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation.” The album was Neima’s prayer
and aspiration for the Nuba people, and it will remain a lasting testament to
her courage and her life.
A VOM partner organization that works among the Nuba
was first introduced to Neima in 2003. When they met with her in the village of
Kauda, she was leading a choir of ladies singing songs in her native Koliib. She
lived in Dellami County with her family in an SPLM-N (Sudan People’s Liberation
Movement-North) administrated “rebel-controlled” area that continues to be
attacked by the Islamic government with bombs. Neima never considered moving
away to the “safety” of a government garrison town under sharia law. Her songs
were always of peace, forgiveness, faith and perseverance.
The Nuba people grieve for Neima’s family, but take
comfort that she is experiencing the real peace of heaven. Neima could sing
about peace while living in a war zone because she knew the Prince of Peace.
Source: VOM sources
Posted: February 11, 2015