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Church member witness to history in Sudan


KHARTOUM, SUDAN — Ken Grimm stood inches from world leaders, including United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, as he attended the swearing-in ceremony of Sudan’s president July 9.
Grimm, a member of the Westminster, Md., church, witnessed a formal power-sharing agreement between President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir and John Garang, former leader of a southern Sudanese rebel group, who also was sworn in as first vice president.
The ceremony formally ended more than two decades of conflict between Sudan’s mostly Muslim north and mostly Christian south. Garang will govern the semiautonomous region of southern Sudan from the town of Rumbek.

Grimm has served as a missionary in India, but planned to spend most of July and August meeting with Sudan’s government officials.

“The window of opportunity for doing good here in Sudan is so unique (and potentially so brief) that it is clear that God wants me working here for the time being,” Grimm said.

Filed under: International Staff Reports

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