24 FEBRUARY ’21 | PRAY FOR SOUTH SUDAN
Dear prayer partners,
On Friday 19 February, the United Nations (UN) released a report stating that violence in South Sudan continues to rage even after a five-year peace deal was signed about a year ago. In the past year, attacks on civilians by armed groups have intensified, thousands have been abducted in communal conflicts and rival communities often engage in brutal revenge killings over cattle raids.
South Sudan has been embroiled in a brutal civil war for more than six years which has resulted in the deaths of over 383,000 and the displacement of millions. According to the UN, there are more than 2.2 million South Sudanese refugees, with over one million of them living in neighbouring Uganda.
Since June 2020, South Sudan has also battled rising floodwaters in many parts of the country – crops have been destroyed, roads have been inaccessible – worsening incidence of hunger and disease (e.g. Malaria and water-borne diseases) across the nation. Almost a million people have been internally displaced or isolated for months due to the floods.
According to the Joshua Project, South Sudan is home to almost 11 million people with 58.3% of them professing to be Christian. An INcontext contact living in a refugee settlement in Uganda has, this past week, shared prayer requests from the hearts of his people. The first being prayer for the salvation of their leaders, President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the four Vice-Presidents. Secondly, prayer for the children who have lost their parents through war. Lastly, for the body of Christ in South Sudan to unite and be instrumental in bringing peace for their nation. Matthew 12:25 says “… every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”
Please join with us in praying for South Sudan.
“South Sudan is going through hard times and needs the intervention of God alone.” (INcontext partner, Anthony Felix)