Catholic Charities in Des Moines is connected to Catholic Relief Services through the Social Justice Consortium and works to raise awareness of global poverty through this initiative.
Currently, Catholic Relief Services is focusing on the upcoming national referendum in the Sudan.
Sudan is at a critical juncture.
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Having experienced only 11 years of peace since achieving independence in 1956, Sudan faces enormous challenges as well as opportunities. More than 40 years of intermittent fighting led to the longest-running war in Africa, displaced several million people, and largely devastated the infrastructure across southern and central Sudan. Oil revenues support a booming economy in the capital of Khartoum, but other areas of the country continue to lack even basic social services.
Meanwhile, the unresolved conflict in Darfur threatens the current, fragile peace maintained between the north and south. The humanitarian needs in the Darfur region continue to increase and an estimated 2.7 million people remain internally displaced.
The country is set to hold a referendum on unity or secession for the south in early 2011. Sudan's response to this important event could usher in a new era of peace and prosperity—or more violence.
What is CRS doing to help?
Catholic Relief Services currently offers programs in Agriculture, Civil Society and Governance, Education, Disaster Response, Health, HIV and AIDS, Microfinance, Peacebuilding, Water and Sanitation and Food Security
What can you do to help?
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concerning Sudan and stay informed or check out crs.org for more information.