Refugees at Risk in South Sudan
Religion TodayReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2011 Nov 22
November 22, 2011
Amid reports of Sudan bombing the new nation of South Sudan and of rising tensions between the two countries -- apparently over how they will share crude oil reserves -- thousands of Christian refugees are caught in the crossfire, according to Mission Network News. Carl Moeller, president of Open Doors USA, said the situation in South Sudan was quickly deteriorating and questioned why international officials hadn't addressed it: "We have seen and documented bombs falling on refugee camps in critical areas. ... We have 300,000 displaced in that area. We've got people being killed on a regular basis and literally bombs being dropped, and it's as if nothing is taking place. ... If there's a full-scale war going on, eventually it'll come to the world's attention. But unfortunately at that point it may be too late to do anything about it." Moeller called on international organizations and U.N. officials to condemn the violence, and asked Christians around the world to pray for the plight of the Sudanese church.