by Vernon Giesbrecht
URGENT PRAYER NEEDED FOR SOUTH SUDAN! SERIOUS THREATS ON TWO FRONTS.
This month we shift the focus of our Update from Haiti to our latest agricultural project in the beleaguered country of South Sudan. If you’ve followed international news, you’ll know that this nation is now in a state of dangerous civil conflict along tribal, political and economic lines. Terrible atrocities have occurred with people fleeing to safer locations, neighboring countries, or over-populated UN refugee compounds. The newest nation in the world, South Sudan declared its independence in July, 2011 after decades of civil war between the north and south, during which over 2 million people were killed and thousands displaced. Tragically, history is now repeating itself internally, with thousands killed in the conflict, while 800,000 have fled their homes, and another 250,000 have fled the country. Our partners/employees at our project have not remained exempt from the tragedies resulting from these conflicts.
by Vernon Giesbrecht
Dear Friend of Double Harvest,
Update on South Sudan – If our project in Haiti is more mature and established (over 30 years), the agricultural project in South Sudan is still in its elementary stages. The country has been described as “dreary, desolate and destitute, the last stop before the abyss”. In January, 2011, after decades of civil war between north and south, a referendum declared South Sudan a separate country. Tensions and military clashes still exist along the border and, more recently, Sudan (north) has been pressuring Christians in heartless ways to leave the country, as it moves toward becoming an Islamic state under Sharia law (98% Muslim).
by Leonard Van Wingerden
by Len VanWingerden
After two years of unsuccessful attempts to resolve tribal issues and land-use conflicts with the village of Pisak, the difficult decision was made to move Eden Keepers Farms from the farmland near Yei, South Sudan to Juba. The greenhouse, water tower, and irrigation equipment was dismantled and packed into two land/sea shipping containers in preparation for relocation. Dr. Nyikako has returned to Malakal, his ancestral village, to pursue a spiritual ministry there.