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‘Come down and heal our land’

The Very Rev Dr John Chalmers reflects on a lamentation from South Sudan.


IF you had been born in one of the southern States of Sudan then, but for a relatively peaceful period between 1972 and 1983, you would not have known life without war.

It is painful to read the history of Sudan, it is a description of one agonising period of life after another. A United Nations publication entitled ‘Sudanese Trade in Black Ivory’ documents the terrible effects of the slave trade which it says: “dates back centuries in history but took an aggressive shape in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries when Sudan saw intensive exploitation of humans as a commodity for domestic use and export………… Caravans crossed the desert, followed the Nile or crossed the Red Sea carrying their human cargo……… for both domestic use and export.”

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