Sudan (MNN) — Sudan is calm, at least for now, following weeks of violent protests. It was reportedly the worst unrest in the country for years.
Riots began when Sudan's government lifted fuel subsidies on September 23, a move that nearly doubled the price of gasoline. Demonstrators quickly took to the streets in protest, and unrest spread throughout Sudan, reaching the capital city of Khartoum in record time.
Some 700 people have been arrested so far, and dozens of protestors were injured when national security forces stepped in. The death toll stands at 34, according to Sudan's government, but rights groups and a few diplomats have said over 100 were killed.
Jed Hamoud of Kids Alive International says the riots put children they care for at high-risk.
"Our biggest concern is that the rioters [and] demonstrators do not intrude on the property and put the children at harm," says Hamoud."Our top priority is really the safety of our children and the safety of our staff, in situations like this."
Tight security has largely shut down protests in the capital city of Khartoum, where the Kids Alive Boys' Home is located.
"What they will lead to, in terms of the overall country's stability, is very unpredictable," Hamoud says.
An estimated 10% of Sudan's children are orphans; many of them live on the streets or in refugee camps. Hamoud says the boys' backgrounds play into how they respond during times of crisis.
"Their abandonment sometimes plays into their fears and insecurity. And when we provide them with love and care and attention…we're living the message of the Gospel," he states.
"Our hope is that they come to see Christ through this ministry and they, too, will then change and turn their life to Christ."
Pray for this transformation to take place.
Kids Alive fulfills the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of children through Christ-centered care, education, and ministries, helping children become faithful followers of Jesus and pillars of their community.
To learn more about the work of Kids Alive in Sudan, click here.
"We're there to shelter them, to give them protection, to give them safety, and to minister to them," says Hamoud.
Would you take a moment to pray for them?
"We covet your prayers in terms of…the protection and safety for the children…for the staff there," Hamoud says. "Pray that the schools will stay open so we can continue to send our kids to school."