Peace at risk in Sudan but you can help

PEACE is at risk in Sudan, according to a report by the Denis Hurley Peace Institute.

While Archbishop Leo Boccardi, Apostolic Nuncio to Sudan and Eritrea, remains open to the hope of peace, the report says: “The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed five years ago on 9 January 2005 by the Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) brought an end to 22 years of civil war in southern Sudan and the marginalised areas of southern Blue Nile, the Nuba Mountains and Abyei. However, the CPA is not comprehensive, not peace, nor is it an agreement.”

It goes on to reveal: “Northern Sudanese governments have arguably not honored any agreement signed with the South since 1947, so southerners are understandably skeptical about the worth of this one. The international community accepted the CPA at face value and turned their attention to Darfur. This was a mistake. The war was not yet over.”

The Scottish Catholic Observer is backing Aid to the Church in Need’s Lenten fund raising campaign to help the Church in and the people of Sudan.

A free copy of Cardinal Zubeir Wako’s Roll Back the Stone of Fear is on offer to everyone who makes a donation to the SCO/ACN Lenten campaign. If you would like to donate via ACN’s website simply go to http://www.acnuk.org/sudan—and you will automatically be sent a copy of Cardinal Wako’s book.

For further information on how you can get involved in supporting the vital work of ACN in the Sudan is available from ACN’s Scottish administrator Dermot Lamb: e-mail dermot.lamb@acnuk.org write to Office 2.9, Dalziel Building, 7 Scott Street, Motherwell ML1 1PN or phone 01698 337470. ACN would particularly welcome enquiries from parish groups and schools.

To read the Denis Hurley Peace Institute report on line visit

http://www.sacbc.org.za/Site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=418:the-inside-story-from-sudan&catid=1:latest&Itemid=100

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