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Christian families are living in makeshift shelters in Sudan

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Christian families are living in makeshift shelters in Sudan

Approximately 800 women, around two-thirds of whom are widows, and 1,200 children will be transported from the outskirts of the Sudanese capital, where they have been living in makeshift shelters and dire conditions for many months, to the South. Recent heavy rain in Khartoum has caused flooding, making their plight even worse.

Barnabas Fund is launching a major rescue operation to airlift 2,000 of the neediest, most vulnerable Christians stranded and endangered in Sudan to safety and a new life in South Sudan.

The neediest Christian women and children
have been identified for help

Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, said: “This is a major endeavour for Barnabas Fund and our partners in Sudan. When faced with such tremendous need, it can be overwhelming, but we have a powerful God and nothing is too difficult for Him. It is an honour for us to be able to help the most vulnerable Christians get to safety in South Sudan, and I invite you to be part of this rescue mission through your prayers and gifts.”

According to the UK-based charity the first of 12 chartered flights are due to leave Khartoum for Juba on September 7th.
Approximately 800 women, around two-thirds of whom are widows, and 1,200 children will be transported from the outskirts of the Sudanese capital, where they have been living in makeshift shelters and dire conditions for many months, to the South. Recent heavy rain in Khartoum has caused flooding, making their plight even worse.

 

Christian families are living in makeshift shelters, which have been flooded by heavy rain

They are among hundreds of thousands of people of Southern origin, who remain trapped in Sudan, having been stripped of their citizenship after the South voted to secede.
Given a deadline to leave, many have now made their own way to South Sudan, but the poorest and most vulnerable do not have the resources to transport themselves and their families.

Reverend Lanny Arense, International Director of Inland Mission International said: “In Christ we are all one. Part of our body is hurting and I believe it is only right that we invest our resources to help those brothers and sisters in need. I am happy to commend Barnabas Fund to you as they seek to act on our behalf in this project.”

According to Barnabas Fund one such family being helped is Agnes, a widow, and her three children, who have been living in a small tent at one of the camps outside Khartoum. She cannot get work and the children cannot go to school, leaving them helpless and without any prospects.
The charity says as well as being impoverished, Christians remaining in Sudan are extremely vulnerable, as Islamist President Omar al-Bashir has made it clear that they are not welcome in the country. He has repeatedly declared his intention to make the next constitution 100% Islamic and strengthen sharia law.
Barnabas Fund was asked by Africa Inland Church – Sudan, through Friends of Sudan, to help with the repatriation of 2,000 Christians; church and community leaders have identified those most in need. The South Sudanese government has set up temporary reception facilities in Juba, where the returnees can stay for a time before making their way to extended family connections around the country. The Church in South Sudan has also been making preparations to help with the practical needs of the arrivals.

Africa Inland Church Bishop John Kongi explains: “The impact of our support for this project will be that of goodwill done to people who have come to think that they have been forgotten by the wider Christian community. They quote cases where Muslim organisations come to the aid of their fellow Muslims in Sudan and ask ‘Why can’t the Churches and Christians extend a helping hand?’ We are grateful to Barnabas for making this project possible and commend them to you for your generous giving.”

For more details go to: www.barnabasfund.org

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Peter Wooding is an award-winning TV, radio and print journalist and media consultant having spent 10 years as news editor with UCB Radio in the UK. He has traveled extensively reporting from countries including Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, Dubai, South Korea, Zambia, Gambia, Mozambique, Croatia, Israel and India. He reports regularly for CBN News, KCBI radio, ASSIST News and Sorted Magazine. Peter and wife Sharon live in North Wales, UK with their three children. Passionate to see God’s Justice and Mercy impact lives, Peter is director of a new UK ministry Mercy Project International (www.mercyproject.org.uk) to help at-risk young people in Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, Kosovo, the Middle East and beyond. Contact Peter for consultation at woodingpeter@hotmail.com or tel. +44 1244 549167/+44 7500 903067.

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