Sudan’s government has reached a peace agreement with the Sudan Revolutionary Front, a coalition of rebel groups from Darfur and other regions in the country. The agreement will end a civil war that has raged since 2003 and has killed 300,000 people in Darfur alone.
The agreement covers landownership, power-sharing between all parties involved, and the return of people who have fled their homes in the civil war. Rebel forces will be dismantled, but fighters will have the opportunity to join the Sudanese military.
Hope for the future
Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs says, “This agreement should, at least in theory, pave the way for peaceful coexistence within Sudan. Hopefully, a nation that’s not focused on fighting against others within its borders can focus instead on development and on moving forward into what we hope is a civilian rule.”
Neighboring South Sudan played a big part in accomplishing the deal, supporting it even as negotiations dragged on from 2019 to 2020. Nettleton says, “They’re also invested because some of this conflict starts to spill across their border. And there has been a lot of conflict in South Sudan over the last several years. Hopefully, this could even be a harbinger of more peaceful coexistence in South Sudan as well.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray lasting peace would come to Sudan and South Sudan.
- Ask God to protect Sudanese Christians, and that they will be more free to proclaim the Gospel.