Carey in Sudan

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Carey in Sudan

Juba - Thousands of Christians in southern Sudan gave a tumultuous welcome yesterday to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev George Carey. Crowds in the government-held town lined the street from the airport to the Anglican cathedral, where Dr Carey held an outdoor service for 50,000 people.

In the capital, Khartoum, he criticised the treatment of Christians in Sudan, saying he was aware they were not enjoying their full rights, including the right of worship.

Dr Carey visited rebel-held areas of southern Sudan in 1993 and omitted Khartoum from his itinerary. Lieutenant-General Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the military ruler, then expelled the British ambassador and Britain ordered out Sudan's envoy. Reuter