We recently received the translated version of the French article written by France24’s Caroline Dumay, published in Le Figaro on April 28, 2016. The original story can be found here: Le Figaro Thursday, April 28, 2016 page 10 : CHAMPS LIBRES: ENQUETE In South Sudan, a Muslim’s Cathedral Dream By: Caroline Dumay, special envoy in Torit (South Sudan) Highlighted excerpts: “Originally from Khartoum, Rudwan Dawod, who lives in the United States, has […]
Even though the weather was a bit dreary, this year’s Walk to End Genocide was a great success! Thank you to everyone who braved the rain and showed up. This is the second annual Walk to End Genocide that the Jewish World Watch and Darfur Interfaith Network has coordinated, along with two of our board members, Richard Young and Martha Boshnick.
For those who speak French, an article was published in Le Figaro regarding our project in Torit! Here is the link – we are hoping to have at least some of it translated by the end of the week. We will post the English translation once it is received. http://www.lefigaro.fr/international/2016/04/27/01003-20160427ARTFIG00266-au-soudan-du-sud-le-reve-de-cathedrale-d-un-musulman.php
We are very excited about the release of this newsletter as it lays out some details of our most recent trip to South Sudan in the first two weeks of March. Our purpose of the trip was to re-start a previous reconciliation initative that had been unfortunately discontinued. The director of the project, Rudwan Dawod, along with Sudan Sunrise staff Tom Prichard and Alexa Brand, as well as a journalist from France24 Caroline Dumay, […]
Tom, Alexa and Rudwan had quite the successful meeting today with the parish council and Catholic clergy in Torit. Rudwan spoke of who he used to be in the past, and his present and future committment to peace and reconciliation between Sudan and South Sudan, as well as Christians and Muslims. His vision was met with enthusiasm and full support. We were also able to meet with the local imam in Torit who also […]
For the week of March 10-18th, we are in Juba and Torit, South Sudan regarding our interreligious reconciliation project in Torit. We are working on an initiative to rebuild a Catholic cathedral that had been twice-destroyed by Islamists. The leader of the project, Rudwan Dawod, a Muslim from Darfur, is spearheading the project along with volunteers from Juba and Khartoum. We are hopeful that in the coming weeks and months ahead, this project will […]
On February 17, 2016, we wired the remainder of the money raised to being the building of well in Wunthou as part of the Lost Boys Education Operation. This is this village’s first-ever well, and we are thrilled to be a part of the process! We are hoping to receive pictures of updates as the construction continues to progress.
Sudan Sunrise has been made aware that in late January, three churches were burned to the ground in Yida refugee camp. The Christian and Muslim refugees from the Nuba mountains live in peace in this camp in South Sudan. Reports from Yida suggest these were the acts of outside agitators who have expressed their solidarity with ISIS. Sudan Sunrise will have a meeting this week with Bishop Andudu, whose diocese lost two churches in […]
We are saddened to report that the Fragile States Index of 2015 lists South Sudan as the most fragile state in the world. Read about their findings here.
Sudan Sunrise has received a moving letter inviting us to Torit to work on plans to restart the initiative led by Rudwan Dawod to use Muslim volunteers to rebuild the Torit Cathedral. Because of his leadership in this initiative, Rudwan was imprisoned in Sudan and tortured for helping to rebuild Christian churches. Rudwan has spoken openly of his experiences and why he believes he was and is continuing to do the right thing by […]