I just had a call from Tom Bair, who is married to Bishop Geralyn Wolf of Rhode Island. He and his wife visited the Diocese of Ezo in southern Sudan in December to begin a companion diocese relationship with the Church there. They’ve been in close contact with people in that diocese since their return.
This morning Tom got a call frmo Ezo saying that on Friday the Lord’s Resistance Army attacked a village nine miles from Ezo, killing nine people and taking six hostages. This is the latest in a series of attacks that began late last year and have continued sporadically since then.
We’ve been able to locate a couple of media reports about the situation in the southern Sudan. Additionally, the Church of Sudan has a Web page with information about recent attacks. And here are some photos from Ezo.
Archbishop Daniel Deng has appealed to the government of the United Kingdom and to the Primates of the Anglican Communion of help. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori’s statement is here. The Episcopal Public Policy Network has also been active on this issue.