Barnabas launches major rescue effort for Christian women and children trapped in Sudan
“The plight of the South Sudanese still in Sudan is an unfortunate humanitarian issue which can become catastrophic if no intervention is implemented as soon as possible.”Bishop John Kongi, Africa Inland Church, Sudan
Rev John Brand Chairman, Friends of Sudan
The neediest Christian women and children have been identified for help
The first of 12 chartered flights are due to leave Khartoum for Juba on 7 September. We are transporting approximately 800 women, around two-thirds of whom are widows, and 1,200 children, from the outskirts of the Sudanese capital, where they have been living in makeshift shelters and dire conditions for many months, to the South. Recent heavy rain in Khartoum has caused flooding, making their plight even worse.
Given a deadline to leave, many have now made their own way to South Sudan, but the poorest and most vulnerable do not have the resources to transport themselves and their families.
Rev Lanny Arensen International Director Africa Inland Mission International
One such family that we are helping is Agnes, a widow, and her three children, who have been living in a small tent at one of the camps outside Khartoum. She cannot get work and the children cannot go to school, leaving them helpless and without any prospects.
Christian families are living in makeshift shelters, which have been
flooded by heavy rain
As well as being impoverished, Christians remaining in Sudan are extremely vulnerable, as Islamist President Omar al-Bashir has made it clear that they are not welcome in the country. He has repeatedly declared his intention to make the next constitution 100% Islamic and strengthen sharia law.
Barnabas Fund was asked by Africa Inland Church – Sudan, through Friends of Sudan, to help with the repatriation of 2,000 Christians; church and community leaders have identified those most in need. The South Sudanese government has set up temporary reception facilities in Juba, where the returnees can stay for a time before making their way to extended family connections around the country. The Church in South Sudan has also been making preparations to help with the practical needs of the arrivals.
Bishop John Kongi Africa Inland Church, Sudan
The South Sudan ambassador in Khartoum has praised Africa Inland Church and her partners for our plans to evacuate 2,000 people to Juba, and also the efforts to look after those in Khartoum through the provision of plastic sheeting to protect their shelters.
The cost of airlifting one Christian from Khartoum to Juba is £175 (€220, US$275, AU$260, NZ$345).
Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, said:
This is a major endeavour for Barnabas Fund and our partners in Sudan. When faced with such tremendous need, it can be overwhelming, but we have a powerful God and nothing is too difficult for Him. It is an honour for us to be able to help the most vulnerable Christians get to safety in South Sudan, and I invite you to be part of this rescue mission through your prayers and gifts.
For a quick donation of £3.00 by SMS (see terms and conditions here) text Barnabas/1078 to 70007 (Please note: This facility is presently only available to UK supporters).
- That the Lord will provide to meet the needs of all His people who remain trapped in Sudan. Pray that each one will receive the practical support they need to be able to leave.
- For the safety of the 2,000 Christian women and children being airlifted to Juba. Pray that they will quickly be able to establish new lives in South Sudan and have hope for the future.
- That the Khartoum government will relent in its aggressive Islamist agenda. Pray that Sudanese Christians will be given the freedom to worship and witness in peace.
- 1Barnabas helping 3,000 more Christians return home to South Sudan - 11 months ago
- 2Plans underway to rescue another 3,400 Christians from Sudan - 1 year ago
- 3Barnabas Exodus mission rescues another 1,500 Christians from Sudan - 2 years ago
- 4Mission to rescue Christian women and children from Sudan expands to over 3,000 - 2 years ago
- 5Hundreds more Christian women and children airlifted to South Sudan - 2 years ago
- 6Rescue mission for 2,000 vulnerable Christians trapped in Sudan underway - 2 years ago