Christian group helps Israel absorb Sudanese refugees

Sunday, June 17, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Refugees from the genocide in Sudan's Darfur region and subsequent mistreatment in Egypt continue to find their way to Israel at a rate of about 20 people per day.

Israel has allowed hundreds of these refugees to take up temporary residence within the Jewish state, but is increasingly at a loss on how to handle what is a delicate situation.

To the alarm of many, the Islamic Movement in southern Israel has started seeking out and offering assistance to the refugees, most of whom are Christians.

In an effort to counter the extremist Muslim organization, the Israeli government has turned to the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) to help with temporarily accommodating the arriving Sudanese until more permanent arrangements can be worked out on kibbutzim (communal villages) throughout the country.

“We committed to meeting this request...out of a sense of compassion for fellow Christians and because the radical Islamic Movement in Israel was also offering to take custody of them,” ICEJ Director Malcom Hedding told the ASSIST News Service.

The Christian Embassy will provide housing, food and medical care for groups of refugees for periods of two weeks.

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