Saturday, October 16, 2010

Hope for Southern Sudan?

Sample coverage:

  • World Evangelical Alliance Pledges Support for Sudan Referendum: “The people of Sudan have suffered for many years,” the evangelical leader noted during last week's government-church forum. “Now is the time for a new future that will bring peace, wholeness, dignity, freedom of belief and freedom from extreme poverty. The people of Sudan deserve nothing less.”

  • U.S. Steps Up Efforts on Sudan Vote: With Sudan barely 100 days away from a referendum that is likely to split the country and that could even reignite a war, the Obama administration has begun a multifront diplomatic offensive built around incentives to keep Sudan from obstructing the vote.

  • Analysis: Post-referendum fears for Southern Sudan : The January 2011 referendum in Southern Sudan will mark a turning point for the region and could see the formation of Africa's newest state, but how will the south fare after the vote?

  • Churches Celebrate Start of ’101 Days of Prayer’ for Sudan : On September 21, the International Day of Peace, the Catholic Church of Sudan officially kicked-off its 101 Days of Prayer toward a peaceful referendum. Throughout the country parishes celebrated by holding large church services which promoted the importance of peace, non-violence, collaboration, and community prayer. (Let us all join them!)

  • Sudan 'too slow' on referendum: Norway: Sudan's progress on organizing a key referendum in January is "too slow," Norway's diplomatic chief has warned about the vote over whether the south will break off from the rest of the country.

  • Free Campaigning Needed in Sudan Referendum: In less than four months, southern Sudanese living throughout the country - including 1.5 million southerners in Khartoum, the capital, and other northern states - are to vote in a referendum on whether to remain part of Sudan or secede and become a separate country.

    What can we, as individuals do? Watch and pray and spread the word. Only God can sort out such an intractable mess, but that doesn't absolve us of doing our part.
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