Published: 00:00 GMT Daylight Time - Wednesday 27 May 2009
Sudan - Days of Action and of Prayer
Sudan Day of Action on Thursday 18th June 2009
Sudan Day of Prayer on Sunday 21st June 2009
In 2008 there was an appeal by Sudanese Church leaders for support for their country. This has been followed recently by an appeal from Archbishop Deng Bul to the international donor and diplomatic community. It is felt that while Darfur gains a lot of attention around the world, the issues in the rest of the country are being sidelined. The situation is complex, but the main concerns are the political developments and especially the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), equitable distribution of resources, human rights, and development (especially in the South). These can perhaps best be summed up as “Peace and Justice”.
Barnabas Fund took the lead in organising the first meeting of interested parties in December 2008, chaired by Baroness Cox, at Westminster. Since then the Sudan Action Group has gathered together a dozen agencies and also linked up with MPs from the Sudan All-Party Parliamentary Group.
The first two initiatives are now in place:
1. Day of Action on Thursday 18 June 2009, 11am – 12pm
A March from the London Eye to Parliament Square on the theme:
PEACE FOR SUDAN - WATER FOR LIFE
This event will have a focus on water, the foundation of life, and is in support of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development’s efforts in Sudan. It calls on the government to prioritise the promotion of peace, prevention of war and the relief of acute humanitarian needs in Sudan.
According to the Sudan Household Survey 2006, more than 50% of the population in Southern Sudan does not have access to clean drinking water. Less than 10% of the population has access to clean sanitation facilities.
Meeting at 11am at the London Eye, many marchers will be dressed in blue and carrying plastic buckets to symbolise water and also to illustrate the fact that many Sudanese have to walk miles to fetch water each day in buckets. Sudan Action Group has 100 buckets available, first come first served! Alternatively, bring your own plastic bucket (empty).
Marchers will then proceed to Parliament Square, where they will be met by MPs and peers. A Statement will be handed in to the government.
2. Day of Prayer on Sunday 21 June 2009
A day for churches and individuals to focus on prayer for Sudan and especially brothers and sisters who have suffered years of violence, persecution, and discrimination
Prayer is vital for Sudan generally and for its beleaguered Christian population in particular. It was agreed that a Sunday should be nominated to focus on their needs, and Sunday 21 June was selected. Information on Sudan was provided in the March-April issue of Barnabas Aid magazine. The Day of Prayer is highlighted in the May-June issue and there are appropriate prayer points in Barnabas Prayer for 18-21 June.
A Sudan Prayer Pack has been put together and will be available from the end of May. Copies can be obtained for churches and individuals - please email Barnabas Fund on email@example.com or contact your nearest office. The Prayer Pack will be available primarily in electronic format via the internet, but we can provide paper copies if necessary. For information on Barnabas Fund projects in Sudan, please go to www.barnabasfund.org/sudanprojects.