Meskel Square’s new patron saint

2830128012_24f30f2d7aSudan’s Catholics turn to Darfur saint

By Andrew Heavens and Skye Wheeler

KHARTOUM/JUBA (Reuters) – In a dusty church in Khartoum’s Jeberona camp for displaced persons, the congregation claps and sings beneath a portrait of a smiling woman who has become a focus of hope for a divided country.

Josephine Bakhita, a former slave who died in 1947, has risen from obscurity to become the first saint from Darfur in western Sudan, a region convulsed by war for the past five years.

“I would say she was a gift from God … an offer from God,” said Bishop Daniel Adwok, the Roman Catholic auxiliary bishop of Khartoum. “She has come on time for the conflict here in Sudan.”

Google Chrome denied

So the U.S. trade sanctions against Sudan are at last beginning to bite. Here is the screen I got when I tried to download Google’s new Chrome internet browser from Khartoum.


Something similar happened with Google Earth – at the time Google said it blocked downloads in Sudan saying it couldn’t distribute its software in the blacklisted country.

First Google Earth. Now Google Chrome. Sudan’s geeks are going to be enraged. Could this be the move that finally brings the Khartoum regime to its knees?