Monday, July 9, 2012

A Second Birthday!

Today it is a second birthday. A day that was history making a year a go. The world is not the same today as it was one year ago. People were so shocked 365 days go while the newest country in the world stood on its on for the first time!

Today is the day that marks South Sudan's Independence Day. I am sure most of the world is going on with it normal lives. People most likely do not even know what this day means for so many  South Sudanese.

With all the joy of a country standing on this own there are also many battles this young country still has to fight. Rome was not built in a day and there is no way a nation can change decades of war, famine, and poverty in just one year. Below is an email I received in my inbox....the author is South Sudanese and puts the hardships of his country into words. Please read this email and then spend time in prayer for the nation,  its leaders, and peoples of South Sudan. God is working in many ways already, but there is a battle of light and dark being fought daily in the spiritual realm. A battle for the hearts and souls of the South Sudanese.  

One year ago today, South Sudan became the world’s newest nation. On that day, I stood beside my fellow Sudanese celebrating this remarkable achievement. But today, as conflict intensifies, I stand beside my brothers and sisters grieving.
In the past year, hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled to South Sudan to escape conflict within Sudan. Meanwhile, issues between Sudan and South Sudan risk bringing the two countries back to war. The resolution of this conflict MUST be a priority for the international community.
As a Sudanese man from Darfur, I am proud to work for the Enough Project, because it is leading the push for sustainable solutions to the crisis.
To bring lasting peace to Sudan and South Sudan, we need to collect evidence of ongoing crimes against humanity in order to hold perpetrators accountable. We need to tell policymakers to stand up for the people of the Sudans. We need to show the world that we want this conflict to stop—once and for all.
Omer Ismail
Enough Project Field Researcher and Policy Consultant

Thank you for praying!

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