Remote Communities Still Need the Basics

ABATA, Sudan, APRIL 20, 2007 (Zenit.org).- While people living in displacement camps now have access to basic services, remote communities in Darfur have received little humanitarian assistance because of continued security threats to aid workers.

Charlotte Brudenell reported that Action by Churches Together International and Caritas Internationalis are working together in a joint response to the Darfur crisis by providing clean water and improvements to hygiene, although their efforts have been hampered by violent militias.

Brudenell said the international community has often defined the conflict in Darfur as one divided along ethnic lines, but this simplified analysis is crumbling in the face of reality given that alliances continue to shift.

According to Brudenell, "Last month, two vehicles from the only other international NGO working in the region were attacked and stolen on their way to Abata. All humanitarian movement to the area was stopped while investigations into the latest incident took place."

Brudenell added, "Similarly, in five other villages to the southeast of Zalingei, where ACT-Caritas has begun to implement water and sanitation programs, work has stopped due to the presence of armed militias that are now fighting each other in the area."

"Humanitarian and development aid is vital," said Brudenell. "It is not only a way to limit polarization and build bridges between the different communities in Darfur, but it also addresses one root cause of the conflict in Darfur -- lack of development."

Code: ZE07042012

Date: 2007-04-20


Teachings of Christ

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35 ESV)

Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Saints and Martyrs

Adorned with the blood of Your Martyrs throughout the world, * as with purple and fine linen, * Your Church cries out to You through them: * "Send down Your compassions upon Your people. * Grant peace to Your commonwealth and great mercy to our souls." (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

As the first-fruits of nature to the Planter of Creation, * the whole world offers to You, O Lord, the God-bearing martyrs. * Through their prayers and the intercession of the Mother of God * preserve Your commonwealth, the Church, in profound peace, O Most Merciful One. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Random Proverb

"Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her." (Proverbs 8:10,11 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

When you are praying, watch over yourself so that not only your outward man prays, but your inward one also. Though you be sinful beyond measure, still pray. Do not heed the devil's provocation, craftiness, and despair, but overcome and conquer his wiles. Remember the abyss of the Saviour's mercy and love to mankind. The devil will represent the Lord's fact to you as terrible and unmerciful, rejecting your prayer and repentance; but remember the Saviour's own words, full of every hope and boldness for us: `Him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out'; and `Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden' - with sins and iniquities, and wiles and calumnies of the devil - and I will give you rest.'

St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ