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Letters From South Sudan

75. Crusty Bread Rolls

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Life is good in South Sudan at present – and will probably remain so for the likes of me. Anyone who is receiving funds from other countries has a distinct advantage. When our first people came here, they were getting just over two Sudanese pounds to the dollar. For much of last year, the rate was 2.8 or 2.9. That ...

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74. Free At Last

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The newest country on earth, South Sudan, is now formally in existence. The celebrations were joyful and orderly. No ‘What ifs?’ arose to spoil the occasion: no unforeseen incident occurred to mar the celebrations. Significantly, Sudan, our northern neighbour from whom the south seceded, became the first country formally to recognise South Sudan as an independent nation. It is hard ...

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73. Independence Nears

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‘How are you going to celebrate July 9th?’ I have been asked. I think my honest reply is simply that I shall put my head down, stay mostly inside except for functions in the Church, and see what eventuates. Frankly, it is a time I shall be pleased to see come and go. The elections, the referendum and now pending ...

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71. An Imminent Return

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It seems that the older one becomes the faster time passes. I know such a notion is illusory but many people express a similar feeling. Thus, I find myself in the last week of my home leave and will be returning to Southern Sudan, next week, to rejoin our Solidarity with Southern Sudan team. Having previously caught up with many ...

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69. Triumph or Tragedy

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This is the last week, of the eight-week programmes, of in-service Teacher Training we are delivering in Yambio, Malakal and Leer. For the first time, we have been able to use our own purpose-built facilities in Malakal and Yambio. Better facilities were provided in Leer, and it really has been a great boost to the quality of what we can ...

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68. Women in this World

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The majority of our SSS members are women and I have come to witness and admire the courage with which they reach out, and metaphorically, embrace the local people. Yes, the men do it too but there is a special bond between women in this country who are forced into stereotyped roles of cook, washerwoman, water carrier and bearer of ...

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63. Uncertain Times

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The referendum has taken place and there is little uncertainty about the result. Although it will be sometime before official results are announced, several states, including Western Equatoria, where I am at present, have announced results close to 99% in favour of secession. Here, in this small region of Riimenze, 671 voted for secession and only 8 for unity. By ...

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62. Expectations and Events

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Much of world attention seems to have focused this week on the referendum in Southern Sudan. Since the CPA (Comprehensive Peace Agreement) was signed in January, 2005, the United Nations and a plethora of Non-Government Organisations have poured billions of dollars into Southern Sudan. Why? Africa is one of the richest regions of the world in terms of natural resources. ...

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61. Omar and Omens

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In an AAP report following the visit of Sudan President Omar Al-Bashir to Juba, the capital of Southern Sudan, on Tuesday, 4th January, it stated: “I personally will be sad if Sudan splits. But at the same time I will be happy if we have peace in Sudan between the two sides,” Bashir said in a speech to senior southern ...

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60. Faith or Foolishness

Woman arrives in South Sudan camp for internally displaced people

Tomorrow, I shall be back in Southern Sudan. At the SSS Board meeting a question was asked about the security and safety of our SSS members during the time of the referendum. Similar questions have been directed to me outside of the Board meeting by others interested in our work in Sudan and once or twice there has been almost ...

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