Here is another plea for prayers and advocacy from the The Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper, Rector of Trinity Wall Street. Following the link to the post will open additional information about the situation in Sudan and give you contact information for persons able to bring about international action on behalf of those now subject to violence.
Dear Parish Family,
According to news reports and long-standing Trinity contacts in the area, a border dispute in Southern Sudan has grown violent and could threaten the creation of an independent state in July.
Trinity Wall Street has for many years supported the efforts of effective leaders in Sudan to build a society that supports the full flourishing of the Sudanese people.
After years of devastating mutually destructive conflict, a referendum on the independence of Southern Sudan was held in 2011, with 98% of people voting in favor of independence. Trinity, along with leaders and governments throughout the world, unequivocally supports these results as the only way to find a productive end to the suffering in this part of the world.
According to referendum guidelines, the predetermined date for the creation of an independent state is July 9, 2011. As we still optimistically approach that date of change, the only obstacle is politically driven violence.
Unfortunately, Trinity’s contacts, through close communication with the Rev. Canon Benjamin Musoke-Lubega, and Ms. Sarah Grapentine, our Anglican Partnerships staff, have informed us that terrible violence has recently occurred.