Fighting between the Sudanese government in the north and members of a southern former rebel group threatens the independence of South Sudan. "End the violence immediately," Olav Fykse Tveit, World Council of Churches general secretary, wrote to combatants in June.
Tveit, a Lutheran pastor, called for pressure from countries that helped Sudan's 2005 peace agreement end 21 years of civil war.
At presstime, the conflict had trapped 300,000 and displaced 40,000 others in Kadugli, the capital of oil-producing South Kordofan, which was not allowed to join South Sudan in seeking independence. Sudanese church leaders have accused Islamic militias and the northern government of ethnic cleansing as well as looting and destruction of churches.
Even before the recent clash, the ELCA committed $50,000 for ACT Alliance to care for displaced people and "pre-position" emergency supplies. The ELCA contributed another $250,000 for the Lutheran World Federation's response, which includes pre-positioning aid in neighboring countries.
To help, give to ELCA International Disaster Response, 39330 Treasury Center, Chicago, IL 60694-9300; give by credit card at 800-638-3522 or at the ELCA website.
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