Sudan Update: Solutions in Abyei. Violence in Kadugli.

Posted by Sarah Caughey on Tue, 21 Jun 2011 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Many of you will have been following recent events in Sudan with the landmark elections and referendum. This is a crucial and fragile time for South Sudan, with the Republic of South Sudan officially gaining independence on July 9th 2011. We would ask you to continue to uphold Sudan Sudan, government leaders, those in authority and the people in prayer, particularly at this time of change.

The oil-rich Abyei Region has been a source of tension and disruption between North and South Sudan. Up to 150,000 people fled their homes when North Sudanese forces attacked the town of Abyei earlier this year. However, reports today suggest that this area has been demilitarised as further talks between Sudan and South Sudan governments take place.

However, many of you will also have heard reports of violence and disruption in Kadugli in the Nuba Mountain region.

Last week, Sudanese fighter jets are reported to have dropped 11 bombs in the areas of Kadugli and Kauda in the South Kordofan Region. Numerous villages were hit and the UN reports that some 60,000 people have fled the region, with many being forced to hide in the mountainous regions. The new Anglican Cathedral in Kadugli has also been burnt down.

Numerous villages were hit and the UN reports that some 60,000 people have fled the region…

UN personnel in Kadugli are confined to their compound and are unable to assist the local people. It is reported that militias have blocked the roads, preventing aid from reaching thousands in need and the UN have been unable to send relief planes to Kadugli airport. There are already shortages of food and water.

The outbreak of violence in Kadugli has also resulted in the closure of Grace Secondary School for the time being. In July 2010, CMS Ireland joined with many others in celebrating the opening of this Secondary School as an important moment in the rebuilding of Kadugli after so many years of war. It was to serve as a beacon of hope for the many young people in the year who were not previously able to access education. (Click here read the article.) Recent events mean that once again, the education and future of the next generation of Sudan is jeopardised by the impact of internal strife and violence.

Partnership Coordinator (Central and North Africa) David Gough, who has just returned from a visit to South Sudan, has also received news that Bishop Andudu of Kadugli Diocese has also been affected by the violence. The Bishop is currently in Washington DC, but his home has been looted, his office has been looted and burned, and he has been unable to trace 12 members of his staff who have not been seen.

UPDATE

Bishop Andudu is calling for a day of prayer and fasting on Sunday 26 June.

On behalf of my people in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan we are asking all Sudanese Christians wherever they are, and the Church throughout the world to join with us in a day of prayer and fasting on June 26, 2011.

Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has released a statement about the situation in South Kordofan. The Archbishop emphasises,

This violence is a major threat to the stability of Sudan just as the new state of South Sudan is coming into being. The humanitarian challenge is already great, and the risk of another Darfur situation, with civilian populations at the mercy of government-supported terror, is a real one.

(You can read the Archbishop’s full statement here)

Please join with us in praying for South Sudan at this time, particularly in the South Kordofan Region. Remember Bishop Andudu as he speaks out against the violence in Kadugli and tends to the communities he serves.

You can find out more about CMS Ireland’s partnerships with South Sudan by clicking here.

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