The Anglican Alliance is co-ordinating with Anglican agencies to provide support for the Episcopal Church in Sudan during the current humanitarian crisis.
More than 53,000 people have been driven from their homes, numerous villages have been bombed, and government troops have used indiscriminate violence against civilians, in the run-up to the secession of south Sudan.
In response to the atrocities, Episcopal Relief and Development, the Primates World Relief and Development Fund and the Anglican Board of Mission set up rapid response funds working with the Episcopal Church of Sudan. Other agencies and dioceses do not have formal funds, but have close and long-standing links with Sudan and are also giving support.
In discussion with the agencies, the Anglican Alliance will be providing co-ordination to ensure that the needs of the church in Sudan are met. It will also be providing support for advocacy so the atrocities in Sudan remain on the public agenda.
Sally Keeble, Anglican Alliance director said: “People across the Communion have been horrified at the suffering of people in Sudan as a result of the persistent and brutal violence of government troops. The church in Sudan has appealed for help for the victims of the violence, and the Alliance will act to make the aid as effective as possible. We also need to ensure that the international community acts to stop the government of Sudan from acting with complete impunity against civilians.”