South Sudan’s Unhappy Birthday

soGunfire has quieted in South Sudan, but the terror is far from over. Once again, the dead lie in the streets. Once again, terror grips the city as food and water runs short and looters strike. Once again, starving people rush to cross the border into Uganda before the last of the roads and borders are closed.

On July 7th, just two days before the country’s 5th birthday,  a clash between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and forces standing with Vice President Reik Machar erupted just outside the capital city of Juba. The fighting continued for days, but finally died off after Kiir and Machar called for a ceasefire. But by then, hundreds had been killed and Juba lay in shambles–once again.

Once again, the desperate people are calling out to God, praying that the ceasefire will hold and that help will arrive soon. Once again, the people of South Sudan are crying out for peace.

And once again, you can help. Partners International is sending relief funds, but they badly need support. To give, click this link:

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

~Anne Frank~


About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.
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