After years of a brutal dictatorship under Omar al-Bashir, Sudan is struggling to find restoration. Greg Kelley with World Mission says constant war and famine combined with other atrocities mean healing is hard to come by. People distrust the government and each other.
Even in places like churches, spies used to infiltrate congregations and report other members. Children were taken from their homes and thrown on the front lines of a battle they didn’t understand. Displaced people and decimated minority groups are normal. Almost every individual has been touched by the atrocities of the past regime.
Kelley says, “You’ve got these young people who their minds have been warped. They’ve been brainwashed in some ways, and it’s only through the power of the Gospel that healing can really truly take place.”
A New Government
With Bashir out of power, there is mixed hope and fear over what a people’s government would bring. Members of the old regime still retain power alongside the people they persecuted. Citizens wonder what kind of deals can be reached — and if they can finally trust those in office.
Kelley says, “I think outside mediation is required. I think some of the neighboring countries like Ethiopia,… Egypt to the north, Chad, Central African Republic, Uganda — all of these are bordering countries of Sudan and they need to step into this situation. At the end of the day, when a civil war breaks out in Sudan, it spills over into Chad. Egypt is affected by it [and] Ethiopia – they all get affected by it.”
Surrounding governments need to step in and say they stand against practices of genocide and other war atrocities. Kelley emphasizes there must be a united front that proclaims these things will not be allowed to continue in the Horn of Africa.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Anna Deckert
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for the Sudanese Church to grow deep and strong roots in the Word.
- Ask God to strengthen the faithful witness of Sudanese Christians.
- Pray for Sudanese Christian leaders to find biblical mentors.
- Pray for healing in the nation of Sudan.