Darfuri Muslims are working with Christians to build a church in Southern Sudan as a symbol of reconciliation and gratitude, the Christian Today website reported on April 4, 2010.
The Muslims -- members of the Darfur Students Association at the University of Juba -- say they want to express gratitude to Lopez Lomong, a Sudan-born American track and field athlete who has publicly urged China to pressure the Sudanese government to end the conflict in Darfur.
Rudwan Dawood, president of the Darfur Students Association at the University of Juba, said, "We are helping to build this church to show we never again want the people of Darfur to be used against their brothers in the South."
About 200 Darfuri Muslims have volunteered to build the Roman Catholic Church in Kimotong, Southern Sudan -- the home village of Lomong. The construction process began last January and is slated to be completed in the fall of 2010.