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John Richards

Good News from John Richards

As the Chairman of Trustees of HART, the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust, I recently decided to get my hands dirty and join an Aid and Advocacy trip to South Sudan, led by HART’s CEO Baroness Cox.
South Sudan is the youngest country in the world. It was created in July 2011 but since then there have been major atrocities committed in the border areas of the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile State, with the Khartoum Government sending Antanov bombers to kill, maim and terrorize the population in these areas.
I was particularly moved by the plight of women in the country. Girls are routinely married off at 14 and only 30% of girls receive a primary education with even fewer going on to secondary schools.

We met with the Minister of Education at the end of our trip and I underlined this as a priority issue. I was very encouraged when Baroness Cox then followed up with the deputy Minister on the issue in a filmed discussion which was shown on National TV that evening. I’m hoping that by us taking these small opportunities God will bring about big changes in the country.
I was seriously outside my comfort zone on this two week trip but I was inspired by Edmund Burke's words and so my discomfort was a small price to pay.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)