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    Christmas Letter 2014

    IN TIMES OF CRISIS CHRISTMAS APPEAL – 2014 Together, Towards a Future of Hope and Peace Dear Friends and supporters, This past year has been a very difficult one for South Sudan. The violence that exploded last December has led the country to a civil war. More than 7 million people are facing the threat of hunger. Solidarity works to accompany and empower the people, being present especially during this time of crisis, when our sisters and brothers are suffering ...

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Letters From South Sudan

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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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138. Mission of Encouragement

Recently, we farewelled Sr Pushpa, one of the Daughters of St Paul congregation who are our next door neighbours in Juba. She has helped us many times over the years and, indeed I celebrated my first Christmas here as a guest at the Paulines’ table. Archbishop Paolino came to celebrate mass to thank Pushpa for her generous service and afterwards he wrapped her in a farewell cloak. In South Sudan, religious and clergy are mutually supportive and collaborate well. The ...

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137. Nurses Needed in New Nation

What happens to our graduates when they leave a training College such as our Health Training Institute in Wau? Do they find good employment and deliver valuable service? Are their hopes realised and is their life fulfilling? Is there something the College could have done better to help them prepare to be health professionals? Next year, the current Principal, Sr Dorothy, will be making a study on the impact of our graduates back in their home communities – or wherever ...

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