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Background on Sudan
For the past two decades Sudan has been embroiled in a civil war between the Arab Muslim north and the mostly Christian south. This war and its famine–related effects have led to more than two million deaths and over four million people displaced. Peace talks finally gained momentum in 2002 and concluded with a ceasefire earlier this year.
While this hard–earned peace has brought hope to many Sudanese, a new humanitarian crisis of staggering proportions has been unfolding in Darfur, the western part of the country. Hundreds of thousands are on the run, and as many as a million people may be at risk of starvation and death.
Arab militias, called Janjaweed, together with Sudanese government troops, are systematically burning villages, killing thousands of civilians, and destroying food supplies. They have driven more than a million people, mostly farmers, into camps and settlements in Darfur, where they live on the very edge of survival. The government has been preventing efforts to bring aid to the people of Darfur. More than 100,000 of them have fled into neighboring Chad.
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Songs of praise and awakening
with contributions from Zewdu Teshome, Susan Houston Fortune, Vicki Hoff, Sally Schiavone, Faye Harrod
ITEMS of INTEREST
with contributions from Colette M. Jenkins
'This dear and desperate Darfur'
By Kim Shippey
A CHILD CALLS FROM DARFUR
HOW I PRAY ABOUT RACISM
Kiatezua Lubanzadio Luyaluka
Sudan—the value of ONE
Laws that make people free
BRIAN MURPHY with contributions from Warren Bolon
As good as new
By Don Biggs
When to be still, and when to shout
By Linda Hitt
Back to basics
By Sharon Jeffrey
A foundation for life
By Aaron Bingham
Water in the West
By Channing Walker
Depression yields to spiritual awakening
Mary Julia Kephart
Three proofs that prayer works
More than just games