Prayers for peace at Ethiopian 'refugee church' in Sudan

Under Sudan’s merciless midday sun, an Ethiopian woman wearing a long white veil holds her hands up towards the sky in desperate prayer, her gaze fixed on a cross painted on a refugee church. She is among some 400 Orthodox Christian believers attending the biggest mass at Jibreel (Gabriel) church since it reopened just over a week ago to refugees at Um Raquba camp near the border with Ethiopia, where fighting broke out in the northern Tigray region in November. She and other prayer-goers weep silently as the priest leads a solemn litany for peace and for the right to return home. “I keep prayi…

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