Leaders of Sudan’s interim government say they’ll need $5 billion in financial aid to avoid economic collapse and launch reforms. Sudan’s designation by the U.S. as a state sponsor of terrorism makes it “ineligible for debt relief and financing from the IMF and World Bank,” Reuters reports.
Political instability, economic crisis, natural disasters, and food shortages make Sudan’s situation dire. According to the EU, some eight million Sudanese need immediate humanitarian assistance.
It’s hard to think long-term when you’re trying to survive from day to day. However, Middle East Concern’s Daniel Hoffman says long-term planning is exactly what Sudan’s Church needs right now.
Believers have relative freedom under the interim government, but “the danger is when the ruler changes, or even when the ruler stays the same but he no longer derives any benefit from giving this to the Church, then he will cease to do so,” Hoffman explains.
“Then, all your benefits will vanish and you have nowhere to go.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth