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South Sudan’s Independence day – 9 July

Battered flag still flying

The ninth of July is the anniversary of independence for South Sudan. Four years after the joyful celebrations, the people of South Sudan have little to celebrate in a general climate of uncertainty and violence. The government has issued new coins on this anniversary so that the local currency, the South Sudanese pound, can now be divided. However, it is likely that ...

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Church leaders condemn violence once again

Easter Mass for civilians living on UN base in South Sudan

Recently the horrors and atrocities reported in the local media describe unspeakable callousness and cruelty hard to comprehend. Political leaders have so far demonstrated disunity and indifference. Church leaders show a united resolve and steadfastness to reach lasting peace. The statement below was recently released from the South Sudan Council of Churches. In it, the Church Leaders from the major ...

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New Fighting in South Sudan

Displaced girl by fence inside UN base

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 ...

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Solidarity in Malakal UN Camp: The Gathering

When I grow up ...

It was a time of bringing people together of all different tribes, various United Nations organizations as well as cooperation among all Christian Churches that made the Christmas and New Year Celebrations memorable in the camp. The Catholic community just before Christmas built their own little Church made of plastic sheeting, wire, wood and some steel poles so as to ...

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A Fragile Situation

  Situation in South Sudan – update in snippets A number of events in the first three months of this year have created a climate of uncertainty and a feeling of “wait and see” with the ordinary South Sudanese bearing the worst effects of political instability. Here the main news from different sources PEACE TALKS FAILED ON MARCH 6TH, NEW ...

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  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 ...

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JUBA, 30 JANUARY 2015 When Jesus finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Push the boat out further to the deep water, and you and your partners let down your nets for a catch.” “Master,” Simon answered, “we worked hard all night long and caught nothing. But zfyou say so, I will let down the nets.” They let them down and ...

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 THE END OF THE YEAR  IN SOUTH SUDAN December 15th, first anniversary of the outbreak of internal fighting in South Sudan has come and gone without any serious incidents. The people of South Sudan are very focussed on anniversaries; so it is pleasing there were no problems. A few weeks ago there was fighting and evident tension between the tribes in ...

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IN TIMES OF CRISIS  2015 APPEAL 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 ...

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