Archive for January 20th, 2011

After 50 Years, Maybe Some Hope?

posted by Jael Ever @ 19:40 PM
January 20, 2011

Special Report From:
Maleekie Ambularie
International IATTWJ Correspondent

 This reporter rushes to add to current updates on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.  At least one nation not covered in the current Earth End series is Sudan.  I and other international members of the International Association of Truth Telling Women Journalists (IATTWJ) are encouraged for this opportunity to go behind media headlines about the vote to separate North and South Sudan.  The battle between often-vicious Muslims in the North and often-slaughtered Christians in the South has been raging for some 50 years.

 In the Middle East Quarterly, Francis M. Deng summarizes: “Over two million people have died as a result of the war and related causes, such as war-induced famine. About five million people have been displaced, while half a million more have fled across an international border. Tens of thousands of women and children have been abducted and subjected to slavery. By all accounts, it appears to be the worst humanitarian disaster in the world today.”  Most of those victims killed, displaced and enslaved are Christians.

 Thanks to decades-long increasing international sanctions, particularly from the Obama administration, North Sudan agreed to a recent referendum allowing the South to separate and form a separate nation.  And various news sources report this week that the overwhelming majority of voters in South Sudan voted to separate from the North.  So at last there may be hope after this 50 year struggle.

 But three factors loom on this happy horizon:  1)  Opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi threatens civil war against the current Omar al-Bashir, who has ruled Sudan with an iron hand for some 23 years; 2) Some half-million Christians living in North Sudan expect more severe persecution after the election, including stronger enforcement to convert to Islam or give up homes and businesses and relocate to the new country in South Sudan; and 3)  Allocation of profits from oil deposits in South Sudan shipped through pipelines in North Sudan––a factor which in itself has aggravated this half-century struggle.

 Thanks to this open door from Jael Ever and Earth Ending, I will submit updates on these developments in future IATTWJ Reports.  For now please join me and my fellow journalists in using examples from Christian prayer books to thank God for the victory vote in Sudan, to pray for Christians now trying to establish a new and separate nation, and to pray for believers left behind in the North Sudan.

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