Sudan’s peace accord paves way for ministry growth

By February 9, 2010

Sudan (MNN)
— 2010 marks the fifth year since Sudan's North and South signed the
Comprehensive Peace Agreement. The
accord ended civil war, but unrest proves the mood is anything but

Over the past
year, there has been a significant increase in the level of tribal violence in
the South. In fact, about 2,500 people
were killed, and 350,000 fled their homes in southern Sudan last year.

Tensions are
high and are likely to stay that way. Matt Parker with Kids Alive agrees. "In the coming year, a referendum is
planned to decide whether the north and the south of the country will

 In April this year, government elections are scheduled, and this
is causing increased tensions within the country. The major referendum is slated for January

Poverty and
war have already created a wasteland. As refugees return to their homes in
southern Sudan, the problem of street children becomes greater. An estimated 10 percent of Sudan's
children are orphans, left to fend for themselves on the streets. Education takes a back seat to finding
enough food to stay alive.

In fact,
Parker says, "Statistics
produced by the UN show that the South is so underdeveloped that a
15-year-old girl is more likely to die in childbirth than finish school."

Kids Alive is
helping more than 300 children through Children's Homes, Schools and Care
Centers. They recently launched a
children's home in the town of Wau. "We started up a small home in a
rented accommodation. We just bought
land in the town, and our goal over the next year is to raise the money that we
need for construction and to work with more children in that town."

Pray for Kids
Alive's work in Sudan. It literally is the difference between life
and death. "We provide a safe place
for these children to live. We provide medical care. We provide education. One
of our key goals, as Kids Alive, is to reach these children with the Good news
of Jesus Christ." 

Pray that tribal tensions in the South would cool. Pray too, for the church in Sudan – that it would have an impact in
society. You can help. Click here for details.


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