Hope For Sudan Event Featuring Franklin Graham
More About Franklin Graham’s Involvement with Sudan
As many as 2.5 million died—many from starvation and drought—during two long periods of civil war, from 1955 to 1972 and from 1983 to 2005. Civilians were often caught in the crossfire between the army, controlled by the Arab, Islamic government in Khartoum, and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army.
Food was scarce. Most of it was shipped from Khartoum in the north, sometimes by air but also at times by ship—which took so long that it was rotting by the time it reached the people in the south. The northern military often targeted churches—hundreds of them were bombed.
During those desperate years, Franklin Graham began ministering to Sudan. Since 1997, Samaritan’s Purse has provided food, shelter, clean water, agricultural assistance, education, medical aid and vocational training programs. Three times, Franklin met with Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, encouraging him to stop the fighting and to grant equal rights to minorities, including Christians.
“Franklin has been a voice to the voiceless for many years,” said Bishop James Lagos Alexander, national coordinator for the Festival. “He has been crying with us, and he feels our pain and our sorrows. And not only that, he travels into the dangerous places where our people suffer. So the churches and leaders say, ‘This is the right man to partner with. And he’s not only a partner; he’s a brother and a friend to the South Sudanese.’”
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