A Bittersweet Victory

This used to be the school in Karkaria

This used to be the school in Karkarai.

In the distance, we could hear the pounding of artillery and the short, three-round bursts from AK-47s. We asked some passing soldiers what was going on, and they said a great battle was taking place in Karkarai, a large community in Sudan’s Nuba mountains. Through the help of a guide, we skirted around the fighting and continued our mission. The battle lasted for a few days, and in the end, the Islamists were defeated and retreated back to their base in Kadugli.

This was once someone's home-1

This was once someone’s home.  Photo credit: Jo French

But the victory was bittersweet. We waited several weeks before visiting Karkarai out of concern for landmines and other unexploded ordnance still littering the area. When we were given the “green light,” what we saw shocked us. Virtually the entire village was destroyed.

Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia gave $5 Billion to the Islamist government of Sudan — the same government which has committed countless acts of ISIS-style terror against its own citizens.

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Shell casings littered the landscape.

The trench used by the Islamists to hold Karkaria-1

The trench used by the Islamists to try to take Karkarai

In Karkarai, we saw evidence of what the Sudan government spent much of that money on. The ground was littered with tens of thousands of shell casings. A huge empty trench flanked the main road through Karkarai. This was where the Sudan government troops made their last stand before retreating. All around, there was destruction.

The school was bulldozed, the church was shot up, and roofless houses stretched as far as the eye could see.

The sun shines through bullet holes in the roof of this church building in Karkaria-1

The sun shines through bullet holes in the roof of this church building in Karkarai.  Photo credit: Jo French

A huge blooming Baobab tree stands as a simbol of hope that the roofless houses all around will one day be rebuilt-1

A huge blooming Baobab tree once provided shade to now roofless houses.

We were told 4,950 families were made homeless by this one battle. Now, at the start of the rainy season, these people are coming home to rebuild among the charred remains of their community.

Tons of PPF medicine ready for distribution in the Nuba

Tons of PPF medicine ready for distribution in the Nuba

With your generous support, PPF is helping these internally displaced refugees with material relief and spiritual hope.

A monument in Karkarai reads - "I was glad when they said to me, 'let us go into the house of the Lord.'"

A monument in Karkarai reads – “I was glad when they said to me, ‘let us go into the house of the Lord.'”

 

Tons of medical aid is currently being distributed throughout the Nuba, in preparation for the seasonal increase of disease during the rainy season. Thousands of refugee kits, containing blankets, cooking pots, soap, and other items, are also being distributed.

Much of our relief work is spear-headed by the local Nuba church. PPF has delivered thousands of Bibles and discipleship materials to equip hundreds of local pastors for the important work of encouraging and strengthening communities affected by the conflict.

Thank you for continuing to bear witness to the faith in your lives, as you use your community to serve the community of the persecuted in Sudan.

Your giving makes a difference-1

Your giving makes a difference.  Photo credit: Jo French

Please continue to stand with us in service to our brothers and sisters.

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