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09/01/2020 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – On Monday August 31, the transitional government of Sudan and five of the country’s main rebel groups have agreed and initialed a peace agreement. They were supposed to sign this agreement yesterday, but are holding off to allow two other rebel groups to sign the agreement. The signing of this peace agreement means the end of a 17-year long war that has raged in Southern Sudan.

The current leaders of the transitional government, Prime Minister Abdalla Hambok and General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, were both in attendance of the signing. The ceremony was overseen by the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir. This is another sign of the country moving forward as there have been constant rumors that Sudan, under the leadership of former President, Omar al-Bashir, was involved in keeping South Sudan destabilized since its independence in 2011.

Hopefully the signing of this agreement and the support of South Sudan means an end to one of the bloodiest and longest wars in recent African history. The next step forward is for increasing freedoms to reach all citizens in Sudan, including its minority Christian population. Bashir must also be held accountable for the atrocities that were committed under his leadership against the people of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kardofan. If Bashir is convicted of these crimes, it would show the world and the people of these three regions, that the atrocities committed were wrong and that no one is trying to protect Bashir. It would be the final sign that all vestiges of the Bashir regime have been overthrown.

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