UPDATE: Bishop Abraham Yel Nhial of the Episcopal Diocese of Aweil is calling for increased international attention to the situation of internally displaced persons in Abyei area on the border between north and south Sudan and concrete steps to secure lasting peace in the region.
“While international attention has shifted to the attacks in the Nuba Mountains, my people in Abyei continue to suffer. Emergency aid efforts are concluding, but people still lack the necessary food, shelter, and medication. As we celebrate the recent independence of South Sudan, we must remember that some issues remain unresolved. The steps I am calling for will lay the foundation for future peace in Abyei,” said Bishop Abraham.
To read more from Bishop Abraham about the situation and the current needs, please click here. Bishop Abraham is a former “Lost Boy” of Sudan. He is the author of Lost Boy No More: A True Story of Survival and Salvation and a graduate of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania.
We urge you to continue to be in prayer for the new Republic of South Sudan and the many people who are suffering in the north/south border region.
If you feel led to assist financially, the Anglican Relief and Development Fund has provided a unique giving opportunity through its partnership with the Diocese of Yambio, Southern Sudan. Working with the local government, the Anglican Church of Sudan is training local people in new agricultural techniques that will move them from subsistence to self-sufficient farming while teaching the biblical concept of stewardship in weekly Bible studies. For more information or to donate, click here. You may also mail a check with “Sudan” in the memo line to: ARDF, P.O. Box 3830, Pittsburgh, PA 15230-3830.
Photo caption: Bishop Abraham and others are pictured during a recent visit to visit displaced people across the Diocese. Credit: Episcopal Diocese of Aweil
Update from July 11, 2011:
South Sudan Becomes Independent Nation: Anglican Church in North America offers prayer for peace across the region
In light of The South Sudan becoming an independent nation on Saturday, the Anglican Church in North America offers a prayer for peace across the afflicted region.
“We rejoice with our brothers and sisters in the new nation of South Sudan while seeing this as an opportunity to pray for those who most need our prayers and encouragement,” said The Venerable Dr. Jon I. Lumanog, Canon for Provincial and Global Mission.
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles, “Peace I give to you; my own peace I leave with you.” We pray for the whole world: especially for the new nation of South Sudan. We pray for peace where there is war; for godly compassion and aid where there is competition; for love where there is hate. We also pray for peace, protection and wisdom for Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul and our brothers and sisters of The Sudan as they work together for justice, freedom and peace. Grant us wisdom on how we can be your hands and feet for our faith family in The Sudan and around the world. We pray in the strong name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Photo caption: South Sudanese celebrate ahead of the Saturday ceremony. Credit: Phoebe Okall, The East African