Pastors in South Sudan already Partnered:
South SudanSudan, a country in NE Africa, is the largest country in Africa, and the Arab World, and tenth largest in the world by area. It is bordered by Egypt to the north, the Red Sea to the northeast, Eritrea and Ethiopia to the east, Kenya and Uganda to the southeast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic to the southwest, Chad to the west and Libya to the northwest. The world's longest river, the Nile, divides the country between east and west. The people of Sudan have a long history extending from antiquity, which is intertwined with the history of Egypt, with which it was united politically over several periods.
Independence was proclaimed in 1956. Since then, Sudan has been ruled by a series of unstable parliamentary governments & military regimes. Fundamentalist Islamic law, instituted in 1983 exacerbated the rift between the Arab North & the African animists and Christians in the South & erupted in an unending civil war. Slavery is widespread throughout Sudan. Arab raiders from the North have enslaved thousands of southerners, who are black. The Dinka people, known to be the least evangelized in the world, have been the hardest-hit. Some sources point out that the raids intensified in the 1980s along with the civil war between north and south.
An overwhelming majority of South Sudanese voted in a January 2011 referendum to secede and became Africa's new country in July 2011, ending Africa's longest-running civil war. However, the young state was again plunged into crisis in December 2013 when a power struggle between the president and his deputy whom he had sacked, errupted and the situation there is still very tenuous.