"A major shift of relief supplies organized by an international group of relief organizations, including the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund, is offering the Sudanese their only hope of escaping mass starvation. That grim yet hopeful assessment was made by the Rev. John Rye, of the world mission division, who returned last month [December 1988] from the southern Sudan where food production has been devastated by a civil war and by drought. 'The tragedy in the Sudan is beyond words and beyond description', he said. He spent four days in Khartoum meeting with Sudanese church leaders and refugees. With a $25,000 grant from the primate's fund and similar support from other agencies, the World Council of Churches is sponsoring 30 flights, bringing 300 tons of desperately needed food into Juba in the southern Sudan. Until recently, both the Sudanese governments and the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army have prevented relief agencies from distributing food to the people".