16:46 - SOUTH SUDAN: ACS, AN APPEAL NOT TO FORGET THIS NEW CONFLICT
We must not deny or forget this new conflict. Christine du Coudray Wiehe, director of the Africa section at Aiuto alla Chiesa che soffre (Acs), asks us not to turn our eyes away from the border between Sudan and South Sudan. The risk of a new war is high - she reports in a note -, because that is what the Sudanese president Omar Hassan al Bashir wants himself. Nearly ten months after the independence of South Sudan, Juba and Khartoum have not yet agreed about the boundary that separates the two States. According to the experts, a war between the two countries would result in much more serious consequences than the civil war that killed over two million people from 1985 to 2005. In the meantime, the population lives in fear. The Acs executive says that the Sudanese Government prevents the NGOs handing out food or setting up refugee camps: The Church plays a key role in supporting the population, but it cannot make it, on its own. We have to take action as soon as possible. Last Monday, Acs received an appeal from the bishop of Khartoum, rev. Ezekiel Kondo, who tells: A plan seems to be under way to wipe us out of the northern regions. Our only certainty is that Church will stay in Sudan and will keep working, despite the huge challenges it will encounter in the process.