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    New Fighting in South Sudan

    In the past fortnight, fighting has broken out again in Malakal. Malakal, in the early months of the civil war, was devastated by alternate waves of rebel and government troops. For most of 2015, however, Malakal has been under government control. The population, however, has continued to be largely dispersed to the surrounding villages or under UN protection in the log base just outside of the town. This new Malakal fighting does not involve rebels but is between factions of ...

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Letters From South Sudan

Displaced woman and children inside UN base in South Sudan

Three Spoons and Food Program

Mike Bassano 12 April 2015 One day, Hadia, a seven year old girl, invited me to her small tent house in the United Nations camp for Displaced People in Malakal, South Sudan. She wanted me to meet her mother, Sarah, as well as her younger brother. Hadia’s father died in the fighting that began in December 2013 causing many people to be displaced from their homes and to come and live in the camp. As I entered her tent which ...

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Priest celebrates mass inside UN base in South Sudan


Michael Bassano MM 15 April 2015 It was an unforgettable and memorable Holy Week in the United Nations Camp in Malakal, South Sudan this year, 2015. The population of this Camp for internally displaced people due to civil war is over 25,000. The Catholic Community has constructed a simple tent like chapel made of plastic sheeting and wooden poles as a place to gather for prayer as well as to celebrate. During the Good Friday service something unusual happened. Due ...

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Teacher training graduates 2015

145. Against the Odds

Peace has not come to South Sudan but neither has war escalated. There are some reports of fighting in remote areas and many people are still displaced from their homes but for the majority of the people, life goes on, albeit with customary hardship. Two days ago, the Minister of Defense was reported as follows: Kuol Manyang Juuk, a member of South Sudan’s ruling party and the Minister of Defense, says that the people are tired of war and there ...

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143. With Band-Aids and Rubber Bands

    The fragile peace continues to hold and peace talks are soon to begin again; but we seem no nearer to a permanent solution and a clear roadmap for moving forward in South Sudan. A recent report from The Sudd Research Institute provided this table of statistics. I presume ‘security’ covers the military. The Rule of Law also attracts a lot of funding but its results are not obvious. What a stark contrast with the amount being spent on ...

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