The Uduk people live in eastern Sudan. In recent years, as a result of the war, many have been forced to emigrate to neighbouring countries. But now some are returning home, including the translators of the long delayed Uduk Bible translation.
In September last year, the three translators returned to the town of Ad Damazin, in southern Sudan, to begin work on the project once again. But after only two short months they were forced to flee the city as it once again came under attack from Sudanese government forces.
One translator was trapped in the town during the attack and two others fled on foot spending two days in hiding without food. Eventually they found relative safety in the town of Irwa, north of Khartoum.
It is now uncertain where the project will be based given the ongoing unrest that continues to plague the region.
This article is from The Word at Work – New Year 2012.
As Maxine (pictured) lay buried under the rubble of her own restaurant, her only comfort was a poster of the Ten Commandments, which she meditated on as she lay trapped. She felt a deep peace that somehow she would be rescued.