ELCA-member contributions for the continuing crisis in Sudan's Darfur region reached $175,000 by Sept. 25, said Kathryn Sime, director of ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Response.
An ELCA disaster appeal issued in June brought in $40,000 by the end of July, she said. But response spiked after more intense press coverage, including The Lutheran's September issue. A cover story (page 42) told about the war in western Sudan, which forced more than 1 million people to flee their homes. At least 200,000 have crossed the border into Chad.
Government-supported militias recruited from Darfur's Arab groups, the Janjaweed, have terrorized African groups through massive killing, rape and the razing of villages. The U.S. House of Representatives in July denounced these acts as genocide.
Sime said: "One hundred percent of the gifts go to the disaster scene to aid victims." ELCA ministry partners receiving these funds are focusing their efforts on 500,000 people in camps. The money provides emergency aid, shelter, post-trauma counseling, supplementary nutrition and education for children.
Checks may be sent to: ELCA International Disaster Response, PO Box 71764, Chicago, IL 60694-1764. For credit-card contributions phone (800) 638-3522 or give online at www.elca.org/giving.
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