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06 Jul 2011 description

By Linda Espenshade

July 6, 2011

AKRON, Pa. – As people of South Sudan eagerly anticipate the official creation of their newly independent country on July 9, their hope is tempered by the realities of increased tensions and the recognition of difficult economic and political challenges ahead.

09 Dec 2010 description

By Linda Espenshade

Dec. 9, 2010

AKRON, Pa. - Neighbors have warned Rose Nydiar of Rumbek, Sudan, to move to the countryside before the Jan. 9 referendum. In a wheelchair, Nydiar may be especially vulnerable to any violence that might take place as the people of southern Sudan decide whether or not to secede from Sudan.

Nydiar says she's not going to go.

"This running away is what we did last time for the war," Nydiar told Kaitlyn Jantzi, an MCC worker from Kitchener, Ont., living in Rumbek. "I am preparing for peace. I will stay in my home.

14 Jul 2009 description

WINNIPEG, Man.- Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) provided a record amount of food aid around the world from April 2008 to March 2009 in response to disasters, skyrocketing food prices and climate change.

MCC's food aid, which totaled $15,750,000 U.S. during the fiscal year, includes agricultural development projects, food shipments from Canada and the U.S. and food purchases in other countries.

Global food prices remain high, after spiking last year, and food needs are growing around the world.

17 Apr 2009 description

By Tim Shenk

AKRON, Pa. -- Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is supporting Sudanese churches in several new initiatives aimed at building peace and improving public health in Southern Sudan amid new concerns about peace and stability in the region.

Southern Sudan is slowly recovering from a devastating, 22-year civil war that ended in 2005 after causing nearly 2 million civilian deaths. Under the terms of a peace agreement, the region will hold a referendum in 2011 to determine whether to remain part of Sudan or form a separate nation.

30 Oct 2008 description

Blurb: MCC is launching a 10-year, multimillion-dollar campaign to help people in southern Sudan recover from a devastating civil war.

By Tim Shenk

AKRON, Pa. - Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is launching a 10-year, multimillion-dollar campaign to help people in southern Sudan recover from a devastating civil war.

MCC's campaign, "Coming Home: Sudan," is focused on building schools, supporting education, assisting farmers and promoting peace in southern Sudan.

20 Jul 2007 description

By Tim Shenk

Akron, Pa. - Four years of war in Sudan's Darfur region have killed hundreds of thousands of people and driven about 2.5 million from their homes.

Languishing in camps with next to nothing, more than 80,000 survivors have received a token of compassion in the form of blankets donated by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).

05 Jan 2007 description

By Tim Shenk

Peacemakers are helping communities resolve differences and recover from violence in Sudan's Darfur region despite a devastating four-year-old war that has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and is continuing to escalate.

The Sudan Council of Churches, a partner organization of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), is organizing workshops on peacemaking to bring together communities that often view each other as enemies.

Joseph Akwoc, Darfur project officer for the Sudan Council of Churches, recently led joint peacemaking workshops for five villages in …

15 Sep 2006 description

By Tim Shenk

AKRON, Pa. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is shipping 4,000 metric tons of wheat to Sudan as one of the world's worst humanitarian crises continues in the country's Darfur region.

Fighting continues in Darfur, where a civil war erupted three years ago, despite a peace agreement between the government and one rebel faction in May.

21 Jul 2006 description

By Tim Shenk

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is donating soap, clothing and blankets to refugees who are returning to southern Sudan after many years of war.

This material aid has been shipped from MCC warehouses in Canada and the United States to the southern Sudanese states of Eastern Equatoria, Bahr el Jabal and Northern Bahr el Ghazal. Over the next months, the aid will be distributed to thousands of people who are returning to their home communities after living for years in refugee camps.

The Sudanese Civil War caused about 2 million civilian deaths in southern Sudan and …

03 May 2006 description

Tim Shenk

MCC is continuing to provide food and blankets to people displaced by a violent conflict in western Sudan's Darfur region as part of an aid response that has totaled more than $6.1 million Cdn., or $5.5 million U.S., over the last two years.

Violence spiraled out of control in Darfur after a rebellion began three years ago.

23 Nov 2005 description

MCC is shipping 16 tons of soap, 19 tons of clothing, nearly 9,000 blankets, and 13,600 school kits to southern Sudan. These materials will be used to help refugees who are returning to their home areas in southern Sudan, following the end of a 21-year civil war. The New Sudan Council of Churches and its member churches will distribute this aid to families in need.

08 Jul 2005 description

AKRON, Pa -- Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is providing $990,000 Cdn./$800,000 U.S. in aid to help resettle refugees who are returning to southern Sudan after a 21-year civil war.

21 Apr 2005 description

Sudanese families that have been displaced by violence in western Sudan's Darfur region have received about 22,000 blankets, donated to MCC in Canada and the United States. Wilfred Unrau, MCC's Canadian material resource warehouse manager, traveled to Darfur in late March and participated in a distribution of blankets from MCC and other basic items from partner organizations in a village named Ta'asha.

24 Feb 2005 description

MCC is helping a southern Sudanese community resettle and grow its own food as many displaced southern Sudanese people return to their home communities in the hope that the country's decades-long civil war has ended.

MCC is funding a $89,000 Cdn./$72,000 U.S. food security project in Tonga County, southern Sudan, where a militant group backed by the Sudanese government destroyed homes, farms, clinics and schools in fighting last year.

15 Feb 2005 description

Violence against civilians has worsened in the western Darfur region of Sudan, but MCC's relief projects are continuing to provide supplies and shelter to people who have been attacked and driven from their homes.

07 Jan 2005 description

By Tim Shenk

KHARTOUM, Sudan -- In the flat desert outside this capital city, tiny mud-brick houses are the only things that appear to grow from the cracked, dusty ground.

Stretching as far as the eye can see, these tiny homes make up camps of displaced people who fled north as their homes were destroyed in southern Sudan during the decades-long civil war between the country's northern and southern regions.

While a newly devastating conflict drew the attention of the world to the western Darfur region, an estimated 1.8 million people displaced by Sudan's civil war continue …