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    STATISTICS DESCRIBING SOUTH SUDAN?

      by Bill Firman FSC.   Statistics describing South Sudan provide a stark picture of what is happening here. Those of us from other countries know it could be so much better. It is remarkable how well some eke out a living with very few resources. If they are not near the areas where there is fighting, they simply get on with life. They have learned to live with insecurity  and poverty. There has been no other choice open to them; ...

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142. Brittle Egg Shells

    So far, so good! We have now been in the dry season for more than two months and, notwithstanding rumours of both sides re-arming heavily during the last wet season, South Sudan has not erupted into the violent conflict some were predicting. It could still happen but already the people are starting to look towards the new wet season with a growing optimism. The rival factions in the ruling SPLM (Sudan People’s Liberation Movement) have met and signed ...

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141. Problem or Opportunity

 One of the secrets of living well is to see all our problems as opportunities. I have often quoted Friedrich Nietzsche, to myself as well as to others: ‘That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” There are many events in life that can test us. It is how we turn problems into opportunities that make us stronger. Life for many is not easy. Another less well-known quote of Nietzche’s is: ‘To live is to suffer; to survive is to find some meaning ...

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140. Dubious Assumptions

Last week, I went to the Juba airport to catch a flight to Yambio for our student graduations. All appeared okay as I approached the check‐in counter. It proved to be a dubious assumption. ‘Oh, Yambio. Your flight is cancelled. There is a problem with the plane’. I missed the graduation. A few days earlier, I had attended the graduations of the Senior Four, Loreto students who were expecting to do their final exams next week (in relatively the same ...

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139. Porridge in the Pot

There is pithy proverb from Botswana that states simply: ‘Beautiful words don’t put porridge in the pot.’ It brings to my mind other words that I heard many years ago: ‘I was hungry and you formed a group discussion’. There is a place for discussion but there is also a time for doing. Our Solidarity community in Riimenze are very focused, not so much on putting porridge in the pots of the local people but on helping the people learn ...

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