Solidarity with South Sudan (Solidarity) is a consortium of more than 200 religious congregations.
Since January 1 2014, new teams have taken leadership positions in Juba and Rome.
In Juba, Br. Bill Firman FSC is the new Executive Director, with Br Denis Loft FSC as Director of Teacher Training and Finances and Sr. Cathy Arata, SSND as Director of Communities.
In Rome, Fr. Paul Smyth CMF has been appointed as President of Solidarity with South Sudan, and Sr. Danielle Julien FMIC as Vice President.
In the Rome office, Sr. Yudith Pereira RJM has been appointed as Associated Executive Director.
Sr. Joan Mumaw IHM is the new Director of Development in USA, based in Washington DC.
LATEST NEWS FROM SOUTH SUDAN
The Solidarity Community of Malakal has been evacuated.
After the Christmas attack, they have been doing the in-service teacher training from Rumbek, in the Loreto School.
The city is presently under the White Army control and all pastoral agents, priests and sisters, operating in the diocese had to leave. Special Pastoral programmes are being prepared for this situation of crisis.
The Teacher Training Centre in Yambio, the CHTI in Wau and the Agricultural and Pastoral Project in Riimenze are developing their activities without problems.
South Sudan's government sait it submitted a proposal to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to deploy 10 battalions from Burundi and Rwanda to protect its capital, Juba, and the oilfields against attacks bby reberl groups.
Ateny Wek Ateny, the press secretary to South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir, announced the gradual withdrawal of the Ugandan troops from South Sudan’s territory towards Western Equatoria to continue its mission in fighting the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
New clashes between army members have taken place on March 5, recently caused by discontent about salary payment.
A meeting was called by the Apostolic Administrator of Malakal Diocese, Monsignor Roko Taban Musa, to discuss the future of his diocese that covers the three states of Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity, the most affected by the current crisis.
The extension of human suffering and destruction in those areas is huge; for now it is impossible to resume any pastoral ministry due to high insecurity, Monsignor Roko said. So he declared a suspension of the activities in the diocese for a period of three months.
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Solidarity has received a donation from Pope Francis given by USG who proposed Solidarity as beneficiaries.
We express oour deep gratitude to Pope Francis and the USG for their generosity, and receive it as a sign of support to its mission in South Sudan.
SOLIDARITY STAYS IN SOUTH SUDAN DURING THE CRISIS
"None of our group has left the country because of the violence. Being in solidarity means being one with the people. It means standing faithfully beside them at this tragic time” click here to read the article
Despite unrest, some foreign religious say they’ll stay in South Sudan
By Paul Jeffrey Catholic News Service
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