Update on Conflict in Sudan, South Sudan

April 30, 2012 by

Sean Callahan, CRS’ executive vice president for overseas operations, recently returned from a trip to South Sudan and shares his insights on the escalating conflict in the region in an interview with Currents, a news program on the Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Net TV.

Also, this week’s issue of America has an update on Sudan in an article titled Bishops Fear New War Is Imminent After Border Clashes. The article quotes CRS’ Dan Griffin, who monitors Sudan and South Sudan from our World Headquarters in Baltimore:

Dan Griffin, Sudan adviser for the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Relief Services, said on April 17 that disaster is “looming” and that the current border conflict could give rise to a new war. “We’ve got to get the message out to prevent Africa’s longest-running war from returning,” he said a day before he was to travel to South Sudan to assess the situation and to check on C.R.S. programs in the region.

He called for negotiations mediated by the United Nations and the African Union to end the conflict and to review the 1956 documents establishing borders among various tribes in the region. Griffin said repeated shelling and aerial bombardments on Abyei by Sudanese forces must also be investigated.

To schedule an interview on Sudan with Sean Callhan or Dan Griffin, please contact Kim Pozniak.

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