The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Hunger stalks thousands in Sudan

Government lifts ban on relief flights

Up to 150,000 displaced people face starvation in the scrublands around the Sudanese towns of Wau, Aweil and Gogrial, where they fled fighting between government troops and rebel forces of the Sudan People's Liberation Army. Widespread reports of torture by government forces, who burnt people inside their homes, sent residents scurrying into the bush.

The U.N. World Food Program began air-dropping food immediately after the fighting uprooted people in the affected areas. But it had to stop in early February when Sudan's government banned all relief flights into the southern state of Bahr el Ghazal.

The ban was lifted Feb. 25, after the New Sudan Council of Churches called upon the international community to pressure the government to allow Operation Lifeline Sudan to fly food into the region. OLS is a cooperative effort of the United Nations and religious and other nongovernmental agencies providing humanitarian assistance.

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