Area: 2,503,890 sq km
Africa’s largest country. Desert in the north, merging into grasslands and mountains in the centre and tropical bush in the south. Straddling the Nile Rivers. Nuba Mountains in the centre.
Population: 43,192,438 Annual Growth: 2.22%
Official language: Arabic and English Languages: 134 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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The planting of churches in previously unreached areas and peoples. The crisis in Darfur, while tragic, has also seen the entry of Christian relief work along with the gospel. Sudanese Christians are church planting in Darfur, and the peoples of Darfur who fled elsewhere are encountering the gospel in their new locations.
The persistence of slavery in Sudan is a serious issue, again made prominent in the 1990s during the civil war. Almost all slaves are from the south and the Nuba Mountains. Northern militias are the main perpetrators, but inter-tribal raiders and even the SPLA also take captives for enforced labour. Their lot whether slaves, abductees or POWs is misery. In the north alone, an estimated 40,000 to 100,000 (or more) southerners are now held as chattel. The controversial buying back of slaves by Western NGOs frees some and raises awareness, but probably exacerbates the problem. Pray that all such wrongs may end, and pray that world leaders may prevail upon all involved to end this wickedness. Sharia law in the north and the impunity with which northern militias act help perpetuate this barbarism.
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