Today, the International Day of Peace, marks the start of a campaign: 101 Days of Prayer for Peace In Sudan. The African nation’s stability is key to stability in the whole region, and with preparations lagging for a January referendum on secession by Southern Sudan, many governmental and nongovernmental agencies are watching the nation carefully.
The Sudanese bishops, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services launched the 101 Days of Prayer for Peace in Sudan campaign. A special website features a video in which Sudanese bishops and CRS officials compare the potential for genocide and war in Sudan with genocide in Rwanda and Darfur. As one CRS official puts it, Sudan has the potential for “a conflict of a magnitude and scale that would make Rwanda and Darfur look manageable.”
In a statement issued in July, Sudan’s bishops noted that progress toward peace had been made since the 2005 signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. However, they also noted the problems still facing the area.
One hundred and one days from today is the World Day of Peace, Jan. 1. Take some time now to check out the campaign.