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May 9, 2013

Three Prayer Concerns - May 9

In addition to the joys and concerns that are on your heart, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations suggests prayers for:

Prayers for the people of Pakistan as they struggle for democracy in the midst of violence surrounding their elections. On Tuesday, a bombing killed 15 at a campaign rally in Northwest Pakistan

Sudan and South Sudan
Prayers for the people of Abyei who face escalating violence in the territory dispute between Sudan and South Sudan. The recent killing of Tribal Chief DengKoul Deng has left the situation in the region more unstable and uncertain than ever.

Tanzania ...

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June 27, 2011

UN Security Council acts on Abyei, Sudan

Deeply concerned by the violence, escalating tensions and population displacement in Sudan’s Abyei region and recognizing that the situation demanded an urgent response, the Security Council today authorized the deployment of a peacekeeping force to the disputed area, which straddles Northern and Southern Sudan and is claimed by both.

Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, issued the following statement on the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1990:

This morning, the United States voted in favor of UN Security Council Resolution 1990, establishing the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). We are pleased ...

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June 22, 2011

Presbyterian leaders offer a call to prayer for Sudan

From the Presbyterian News Service

Bolbach, Parsons, and Valentine urge peace as July 9 independence nears

With violence flaring up in Sudan as the July 9 independence of South Sudan nears, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders have called on all Presbyterians to pray for peace in the east African country.

The call was issued by General Assembly Moderator Cynthia Bolbach, General Assembly Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons and General Assembly Mission Council Executive Director Linda Valentine.

After decades of civil war between the Khartoum-based Islamist government of Sudan and the mainly Christian and animist south, a Comprehensive Peace Agreement was ...

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June 22, 2011

Contact President Obama on Sudan

As Sudan Advocacy Action Forum looks at unfolding events in Sudan, we see this pattern: 

Months ago, the National Congress Party which controls the northern Sudanese government began arming and encouraging dissenting militia groups in Southern Sudan resulting in tribe on tribe and clan on clan assaults on each other. Hundreds, perhaps 2,000 have died and the situation gets worse daily.

Weeks ago, the Sudan Armed Forces (northern Sudan military) drove the Ngok Dinka residents out of Abyei forcibly changing the mix of people there. The fortunate escaped across the River Kiir. Many now are trapped because the bridge has been destroyed.

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June 21, 2011

Statement by Secretary Clinton on Agreement To Withdraw Forces from the Abyei Area of Sudan

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 20, 2011

Read the statement on the Department of State Web site

Earlier today, the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement signed an agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which will reduce tensions in Abyei and improve the security and humanitarian situation on the ground. I spoke with leaders from both sides in Addis Ababa last week and I have had more phone discussions with Sudanese leaders since. I know these negotiations have not been easy. I commend both parties for resolving their differences peacefully after ...

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June 20, 2011

Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a Security Council Briefing on Sudan, June 20, 201

Below is a release from the United States Mission to the United Nations, a statement by Ambassador Rice to the Security Council on the ongoing situation in Sudan.  



June 20, 2011



Mr. President, we welcome the news that the parties have just signed an agreement on temporary administrative and security arrangements for Abyei and the withdrawal of Sudanese Armed Forces. We are encouraged by this news. We greatly appreciate the intensive efforts of former President Thabo Mbeki and the African Union High-level Implementation Panel over the past two weeks to assist the parties ...

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June 17, 2011

Update report on Sudan

Security Council Report has published an Update Report on Sudan.

Council members have been individually assessing events in Sudan—the military takeover of Abyei and the deteriorating situation in Southern Kordofan—almost on a day-to-day basis, but Council members have not formally met on Sudan since 3 June and most of the scheduled informal discussions have been repeatedly postponed.  The Council next meets on Monday 20 June, where it is expected they will receive a briefing on the outcome of the Addis Ababa talks.  It is possible that Council members will then negotiate a mandate and authorise a force to ...

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June 5, 2011

A prayer for the people of Sudan who know conflict

Gracious God, we pray for the people of Sudan. We pray particularly for the people in Abyei, South Kordofan, the Blue Nile, and other places where tensions run high. We pray that the military of the Government of Sudan and of the Sudanese People's Liberation Army refrain from conflict. We pray that all the people of Sudan turn from violence and work for a just and lasting peace. Guide the people. We ask in Jesus' name. Amen.

The BBC reports that the UN is investigating clashes that have broken out in South Kordofan.

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June 3, 2011

UN Security Council Presidential Statement on Sudan

New York, NY June 3, 2011

The Security Council expresses grave concern about the ongoing violence and rapidly deteriorating situation in Abyei since the Council addressed the issue in its May 22 Press Statement, in which the Council condemned the attack by Southern forces against a United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) convoy escorting Sudanese Armed Forces elements of Joint Integrated Units on May 19 in Abyei, and also condemned the escalatory military operations being undertaken by the Sudanese Armed Forces, which have taken control of the area in and around Abyei town.

The Security Council strongly condemns the Government ...

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May 31, 2011

UN seeks to aid civilians displaced from Abyei

As the days tick down until July 9, 2011 when South Sudan is scheduled to become independent, a variety of concerns appear. One focuses on Abyei - a region and a town on the border.

The United Nations News Centre notes that:

The disputed town of Abyei, which is contested by both north and south Sudan, was the scene of renewed violence last week, including looting and burning, following the takeover of the area by Sudanese Government forces.

Deadly clashes have claimed dozens of lives since the start of the year, when a referendum on Abyei’s status that was supposed ...

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May 26, 2011

Help stop the attack in Abyei

Help stop violence in Abyei. Over the weekend the Sudanese Armed Forces bombed and captured the disputed border town of Abyei. This attack is a blatant violation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and a reckless provocation in what has long...

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February 7, 2011

The beginning

The official results of the referendum in Southern Sudan have been announced. The results are an overwhelming - nearly 99% in favor of secession and the creation of a new country. The referendum is recognized as having been successful and...

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December 18, 2010

Preparing for the South Sudan referendum

As the day for the referendum in South Sudan (and hopefully the referendum in Abyei) draws near, here are some observations, reflections, and resources: Pray with the people of Sudan Fast with the people of Sudan Letter to WCC member...

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December 17, 2010

Pray with the people of Sudan - December 17

Join our sisters and brothers in Sudan in prayer today from 12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m Eastern Time (or its equivalent). Pray where you are. Pray as you are most comfortable. Pray alone. Pray together. Prayer is always appropriate. What...

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December 8, 2010

Season of Prayer with the people of Sudan

Note some new links. Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as January, 2011 draws near. A referendum on self-determination for the people of South Sudan is scheduled for January 9. On...

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December 2, 2010

Referendum Tension Builds in Sudan — Nonviolent Peaceforce Takes Action

The Nonviolent Peaceforce is at work in Sudan in these days before the referenda in Southern Sudan and Abyei. Recognizing the potential for wide-scale dislocation that would force people from their homes with little food and scarce access to basic...

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November 19, 2010

A Season of Prayer with the People of Sudan

Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as January, 2011 draws near. A referendum on self-determination for the people of South Sudan is scheduled for January 9. On that same day, a...

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