Adel Dut was chased from her home by fighting in Sudan’s Darfur region, but a church agency gave her some sorghum seeds to plant outside the village of Ferdous, where she lives in a camp for displaced families.
The conflict in Darfur was dubbed by some as the first climate war. While conflicts had long existed between nomads and settled farmers in the region, long-term drought and the expansion south of the Sahel — brought on by climate change — pushed the two feuding groups into closer proximity. With the government providing guns to one side, the fight over land soon took an even deadlier toll.
Amid the violence, farmers like Dut did what Jeremiah counseled centuries before, when hope grew dim in his world. She planted seeds. Despite the drought and the fighting, she put seeds in the ground, and it transformed her. When I met her, she didn’t act like a victim. She was proud that she could heal a little corner of her homeland by planting seeds.
When we become overwhelmed by violence in the world around us, we would do well to remember Dut.
Sudan is an intensely religious country. In this pastoral letter Paulino Lukudo Loro, Archbishop of Juba, in the midst of traditional religious language, makes a plea for just, free, and fair elections and calls on political candidates to adopt appropriate campaign behaviour and on voters to exercise their civic duty responsibly.
“VOX POPULI, VOX DEI” (The Genuine voice of the people is the voice of God.)
May the mercy and love of God be manifested to you in this Lenten season.
Let Us Join Together to Rescue the Peace for Our People
Statement of the Sudan Council of Churches (SCC) 17th General Assembly, Khartoum, August 10-14, 2009:
Isaiah 57:14 “Let my people come to Me. Remove every obstacle from their path!”
Aware of our spiritual responsibility, re-affirming our commitment to bringing about justice, peace and reconciliation, we, the Sudanese Church, represented by the highest governing body, delegates and guests of the SCC member churches, call upon all people of faith, our governments, our neighbours in the Region, the continent of Africa and the wider international community to join hands in a concerted effort to rescue the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) from collapsing, bring about peace in Western Sudan, provide security and peace to all our people, and thereby save the country and the whole region from being destabilised soon. Continue reading SUDAN: Urgent Appeal of the Sudanese Church→