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August 5, 2015

“We Are Forgotten”

by Sarah Hoyle

If you are unaware of the tragic situation occurring in the Nuba Mountain Region of Sudan, you are not alone. This New York Times article is one of the only major reports to come out of the region in recent months, though the Government in Khartoum is bombing its own civilians living in this region almost every single day. 

Our partner Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of over 160 Catholic development and relief agencies, invited Bishop Emeritus Macram Max Gassis of the Diocese of EI Obeid to the UN to speak about the struggles of his people.

Bishop ...

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June 10, 2014

End the targeting of civilians in Sudan!

Based on a press release provided by Crisis Action

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined 45 other organizations providing humanitarian assistance or supporting peace efforts in Sudan, to write to the UN Security Council, the African Union Peace and Security Council and the League of Arab States demanding an end to the “targeting of civilians by the Government of Sudan and associated armed militia” and an independent investigation of recent attacks.

The letter notes that the recent bombing by the government  has reached an intensity that is “unprecedented” in the history of the conflict in South Kordofan which reached ...

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May 7, 2014

Stop the violence in South Sudan

Our colleagues in the Office of Public Witness invite us to join a call for action on South Sudan:

Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) is calling on the Obama administration to send former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to South Sudan to help end mass ethnic violence.  Please contact President Obama and urge him to support Rep. Wolf’s call and appoint the former presidents to help bring about a negotiated settlement and an end to the violence engulfing South Sudan.

The conflict is ominously similar to the Rwandan genocide 20 years ago.  Thousands have died in the ...

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June 15, 2011

Security and Humanitarian Situation in Southern Kordofan, Sudan

The United States Department of State issued the following press statement on the situation in South Kordofan, Sudan:

Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 14, 2011

The United States is deeply concerned by the rapid and significant deterioration in the security and humanitarian situation in the Southern Kordofan state of Sudan. The Government of Sudan has denied humanitarian flights permission to land in Kadugli for nearly one week. Roadblocks manned by Sudanese Armed Forces and Sudan People’s Liberation Army troops are obstructing access by land. Facilities used by the World Food ...

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May 27, 2011

A brief introduction to Sudan

At the Compassion, Peace & Justice Training Day held on March 25 before Ecumenical Advocacy Days, the staff of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations led a workshop on Sudan. The workshop included a presentation on the history of...

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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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October 31, 2010

Update on the situation in Sudan

Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations Our colleagues in the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum provide their November Update on the situation in Sudan.

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August 22, 2010

The clock is running: it's time to pray

January 9, 2011 is the date for an historic vote in South Sudan. On that date, people from Sudan’s oil-producing south are due to vote in a referendum on whether they should secede and form Africa’s newest nation; a plebiscite...

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July 17, 2010

July 18, 2010, pray with the people of Sudan

The churches in Sudan will pray for their country and its future on July 18, 2010 for the upcoming January 2011 referendum. Will you join them? Will you invite others to pray? Here is a prayer to use or adapt:...

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May 21, 2010

Sudan update: Hope for a brighter future

The Sudan Advocacy Action Forum (SAAF)has posted an update on the situation in Sudan. The material that follows is reprinted with permission. The update looks at issues that seem to be flowing from Sudan following the elections. It highlights two...

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May 4, 2010

Election in Sudan

Our colleagues at the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum offer their analysis and opinions (Download SAAF Update May 3 2010) of the election in Sudan: Dear friends of Sudan and Sudanese friends,We at SAAF think it important that SAAF clearly state...

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April 11, 2010

Pray for Sudan at election time

The election has started in Sudan. Pray for the people as they vote, as the votes are counted, and as the results of the election are implemented. The Save Darfur Coalition provides a roundup of news, analysis, and opinions from...

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April 7, 2010

Pray for Sudan at the time of the election

Here is a prayer for the people of Sudan as the April 11 election draws near. Gracious God, We seek a just and lasting peace for our brothers and sisters in Sudan. May the Sudanese people never lose hope and...

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March 28, 2010

Pray, act, give for Sudan

Our colleagues at the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum have a new look to their Web page. A great look! Check it out. While you are there, take time to act for peace in Sudan - calling Congress to hold the...

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December 23, 2009

Dreams for a just and lasting peace

Our friends in the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum pass on concerns from our sisters and brothers in Sudan encourage us to pray for a just and lasting peace for all the people of Sudan. Refugees International provide a brief video...

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November 26, 2009

Protecting civilians in South Sudan

Presbyterians recently initiated, signed and sent an interfaith letter calling for the deployment of United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) peacekeeping forces to protect civilians in South Sudan. The letter went to Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,...

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August 8, 2009

Pray for Sudan, August 28-30

The people of Sudan have experienced conflict for years. Across the country, lives have been lost, communities scattered, people displaced. Steps toward peace have been made. The situation remains fragile. Our sisters and brothers in Sudan need our prayer at...

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June 22, 2009

Updates: Sudan and Darfur

Here are some ways to keep up with events in Sudan and Darfur. The Sudan Advocacy Action Forum, a Christian grassroots effort that advocates for a just and lasting peace in Sudan, regularly posts information about the situation in the...

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April 27, 2009

Prevent the Collapse of South Sudan

Urge Congress to act to prevent the collapse of South Sudan. Were a collapse to occur, it would gravely threaten prospects for peace in Sudan as a whole, including Darfur. Since 2005, two million south Sudanese have returned to the...

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February 12, 2009

Advocate for Sudan

The New York Times reported last night that the judges of the International Criminal Court have decided to issue an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Advocates for the people of Sudan note that this marks a step toward...

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