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; but I imagine the parents of conscripted boys do carry a burden of great, inner anguish.
What the government statistics don’t show is the enormous amount of private money being injected into health, education and infrastructure. So there are improvements taking place but mostly funded by international donors. Sadly, there are also people profiting from the sale of weapons to South Sudan. If the flow of weaponry into this country could be halted, peace would be easier to achieve.
So we hope and pray for a lasting peace.