Sunday, 13 April 2008

Global Day of Action for Darfur

Today is the Gobal Day for Darfur. Celebrities have been pictured smashing toys as a way to focus attention on what is happening to tens of thousands of children in the region.
Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch, said: "World leaders have let Sudan - and some rebels - get away with murder. "Millions of Darfuris struggle to survive on aid handouts under the daily threat of being raped, beaten or killed."
There's a good reflection on Darfur from the United Church of Christ here which also includes the prayer quoted at the end of this post.
You can also read articles on the recent WCC solidarity visit to Sudan here.
What is distressing is that so little progress has been made since last year's day of action. It's great that so much creativity has gone into trying to bring about change and justice but sad that it's so hard to get long lasting commitment to change.

Prayer for Darfur

Almighty God, you have promised to hear your people when the pray in faith. We pray that your church Mission in Darfur continue to be successful. You have seen the suffering of our people in Darfur. We pray for your Divine intervention and touch the stone hearts of people. That the government of Sudan and the United Nations find better understanding in regards to the UN Peace Keeping Force.

We pray, Lord God that the different factions will unite themselves for peace dialogue so that the inhuman war atrocity stops soon, and that the discrimination between the tribal groups may cease.

This we pray through the Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.


Rt. Revd. Ismail Gibrel Abudigin
Diocesan Bishop of El Obeid