When Jesuit Refugee Service went to Southern Sudan in the late 1990s, the staff shared the terror of internally displaced people caught up in the prolonged civil war. As 2011 dawns, JRS is still in Southern Sudan, accompanying the people in peacetime as we did during the war.
Much progress has been made in providing for the needs of the people of Southern Sudan. Sudan is preparing this month to hold a referendum on independence for the South, as mandated by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the war. Sudan is at a crossroads of a series of choices that could be the inauguration of a foundation of a hopeful future.
We hope the seeds we have sown will continue to bear fruit.
We pray with refugees in Sudan who have found God in the midst of their suffering.
I know that God is with us, and that He comes with us daily in our life of work and sharing with others. God was with us in the suffering of the Sudan. He protected me and the family as we escaped.
I think I have suffered as much as anyone, especially in the loss of my children, some were grown up and then died. God is aware of our suffering and each day I commit myself to God and pray for the wisdom to get through and to be able to share in the suffering of others.
God makes himself known, his love, through the suffering of the refugees.
- Mitilde (Kajo Keji, Southern Sudan)
The current elections only serve as a reminder of how much more work needs to be done in the coming months in order to ensure a cessation of misery. Indications suggest that the vote will be overwhelmingly in favor of separation. Let us pray with the same faith of Miltide that we may also see God through the suffering of refugees through out the world.
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