Bakhita: Daughter of Darfur, Daughter of Christ

Juicy Ecumenism | 10/1/2000 | Faith McDonnell
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February 8 is the Feast Day of Josephine Bakhita, former Sudanese slave, canonized as St. Josephine Bakhita on October 1, 2000. Yes, I realize that this blog is in the Evangelical channel, but the life and testimony of this saint is truly Ευαγγέλιο, the Good News of the Gospel. It is also a reminder of how God can use for good the most evil and despicable actions of men. And it is a demonstration of Jesus’ love for the daughters of Darfur.

The patron saint of Sudan, (whether the National Islamic Front government of that nation likes it or not!) Bakhita is also the patron saint of victims of slavery and trafficking. She is the first person from Sudan ever to be canonized or beatified.

Bakhita - Darfur - Area - Sudan - Year

Bakhita was born in Darfur — the area of western Sudan now in its 14th year of genocide perpetrated by a government working to push out, kill, or dilute through births resulting from rape, all of the black African people groups. The Khartoum regime is changing Darfur’s demography, giving the land to the militias and Sudanese armed forces that have “cleared” the land of its people, and like ISIS, are building up the Caliphate.

But conditions were not much better for black African Sudanese in Bakhita’s time. The Catholic Online biography reveals that Bakhita was born in 1869, of the Daju people group. Daju once ruled the region and called it Dardaju (land of the Daju). Although her family was well-respected and prosperous, and her father was the brother of the chief of their village of Olgossa, they were nothing more than “slaves” to the Arab Muslim slave traders who preyed cowardly upon black Africans.

Bakhita - Catholic - Online - Miles

When she was seven or so, Bakhita was kidnapped. According to Catholic Online, she was forced to walk barefooted some 600 miles to the...
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