The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, visited Sudan in March [25 February - 5 March 2006]. Accompanied by Joseph Marona, Primate of the Episcopal Church of The Sudan, he visited five dioceses in eight days. He met twice with Salva Kiir, the President of South Sudan, "both times asking quick intervention by the president to see that confiscated churches and buildings were returned now, especially as the need is great as more come back to the south". "`Deliver' was the word Archbishop Rowan Williams used to get his message across as he spoke to the global powers and promise-makers via press, media and addressing the people of Sudan. Time and time again the word `deliver' encapsulated the urgency of the situation as viewed by Archbishop Williams. He said, `Rebuilding is harder than tearing down. Expectations of help from the global community is high but the delivery is slow'." Archbishop Williams met with Roman Catholic and other Christian leaders and also attended a special session of the Sudan Inter-Religious Council in Khartoum "where the Archbishop spoke of Christian-Muslim relations and need for mutual `respect'." While in Sudan the Archbishop also assisted in the consecration of St. Matthew's Cathedral in the diocese of Renk which was funded by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. The Archbishop of Canterbury "met with NGOs at various stops along the way including representatives of OXFAM, Bishop Mubarek Fund, World Vision and Hope and Homes for Children. In the diocese of Maridi, Bishop Justin Badi Arama spoke of the Sudanese Church's :major concern ... for the education of our children to prepare them for the continuity and survival of Christianity in the Sudan. History has shown that, the thriving church in North Africa was wiped out because they were unprepared for the future of the church ... Although 20 years has passed without the education of our children, we pray that the Lord will avail for our opportunity for education as a tool for us to expel poverty and disease, and as a tool to empower us to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ now and in the future, to all men and women in Sudan and everywhere on earth".
Article includes many photos and three inserts with text of messages and/or speeches from Archbishop Rowan Williams i.e. "From the Archbishop's Ash Wednesday statement on hunger in Sudan:", excerpt from sermon by "Archbishop Rowan at displaced persons camp"; and excerpt from address by "Archbishop Rowan at Diocese of Khartoum gathering".
Article concludes with special insert "A note from the Editor". "Your help in telling the story of Sudan could make a great difference to a people in real, actual and urgent need of help. Please consider the use of this material or be in touch for additional photos and information. We began Lent amidst the dust of Sudan and with images of past trauma and darkness. As we travel to Easter may we all seek to share the gospel truth of resurrection with our Sudanese friends who share it so beautifully with us in their strong faith and witness to a living God. Please use this material freely. God bless Sudan. JMR".
See also additional page of photographs entitled "`Not to be forgotten ...' : Archbishop Rowan in Sudan" on page 13.
"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".