The Relay Trust is deeply concerned about the ongoing conflict in Sudan, which has resulted in the loss of many lives and displacement of countless others. We partner with the Episcopal Church of Sudan, whose members have been caught up in the violence. We stand in solidarity with the people of Sudan during this difficult time.
The conflict conflict in Sudan is an armed conflict between rival factions of the military government of Sudan that began on 15 April 2023. The conflict started when clashes broke out across the country, mainly in the capital city of Khartoum and the Darfur region. As of 25 April, at least 459 people have been killed and 4,072 others have been injured.
The fighting began with attacks by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on key government sites. Airstrikes, artillery, and heavy gunfire were reported across Sudan, including in Khartoum.
Impact on the Episcopal Church of Sudan
Many members of the Episcopal Church of Sudan have been caught up in the conflict. The church’s buildings and property have also been affected, including the RSF vandalising the Cathedral in Khartoum. The situation is particularly dire for those who have been displaced from their homes and communities.
Appeal for Prayers
We ask that those reading this message join us in remembering the people of Sudan and the members of the church in their prayers.
Archbishop Ezekiel Kondo, the Primate of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, has asked specifically for prayers for:
The Archbishop also noted that since the incident happened suddenly, the people affected have been surviving on dried bread and rice, which have run out for many. All places are closed, including banks, and there is no access to anything.
We trust God is control of this situation and can use all things for good.