MIDLAND, Texas – The hometown to President Bush will host a two-day outdoor concert, “Rock the Desert,” beginning today in an unusual response to support the war on terrorism – with an emphasis on raising awareness of the Sudanese government’s persecution of non-Muslims in the southern region of the country.

The concert at Beal Park will feature “New Sudan,” a replica of a Sudanese village constructed by refugees who relocated to Midland under the sponsorship of BASIC Ministries International and Teen Challenge of West Texas.

The Sudanese men designed and built a traditional village like those being attacked and destroyed by the Islamist army in southern Sudan. More than 200 Sudanese now living in the United States are expected to participate in the exhibition.

Former National Basketball Association star Manute Bol will be on hand to show his support of the growing grass-roots movement in the United States to aid the beleaguered Sudanese Christians and other non-Muslims victimized in the war. Bol will help raise the funds to bring the New Sudan village to Washington where it will be featured in a vigil at the U.S. State Department next month.

More than 2 million have been killed in Sudan and about 5 million displaced due to the imposition of Sharia law, which tolerates no religious freedom and attempts to force conversion to Islam.

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