Sudan Prelate Questions UNICEF Decision

KHARTOUM, Sudan, JULY 7, 2004 (Zenit.org).- If not us, why the government?

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is the question being posed to UNICEF by an auxiliary bishop.

Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Adwok of Khartoum questioned the decision taken by the United Nations Children’s Fund not to give money to the Church-run Save the Savable educational program in the archdiocese.

“Why does UNICEF not do this, while they are giving support to government-run schools in Sudan?” Bishop Adwok asked Monday when speaking with the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.

The Save the Savable program aims at ensuring primary school education for displaced children who fled from southern Sudan, site of a decades-long war between forces loyal to the country’s Islamic fundamentalist government and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army/Movement.

This school year, the Save the Savable program comprises 22 schools with about 45,000 pupils.

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