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Why We Are Here

Sr. Josephine with children

It is sad to see the present, unnecessary suffering of the people in South Sudan. Many are hungry, many are homeless and most are very poor – except in their spirit. Fortunately, the Churches, the UN and Aid agencies continue to assist the people. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) released a report last week asserting South Sudan faces the ...

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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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Floundering Economy

Carrying food

The cost of food for the local people who earn and purchase in SSP is becoming prohibitive. Many people are hungry. A recent report of the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA stated that South Sudan made significant progress in improving food insecurity, prior to the start of the conflict in late 2013 but now asserts: “By late 2014, ...

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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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Update of the situation in South Sudan in snippets

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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 below are the main news from different sources. PEACE TALKS FAILED ON MARCH 6TH, NEW DEADLINE IN APRIL The year also opened with expectations ...

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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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STATISTICS DESCRIBING SOUTH SUDAN?

STATISTICS

  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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Analysis of the situation

refugee and idp Jan 15

view map   SSD_EmergencyOv_NewArrivals_150129 UNHCR REGIONAL UPDATE, 49 26 – 30 January 2015 HIGHLIGHTS  An extraordinary summit by the heads of state and government of the African regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which convened on 29 January 2015, has been adjourned until 31 January 2015 in order to give the two warring parties two days to agree ...

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The need to focus on education

Teacher training in Yambio

  Joan Mumaw, IHM Solidarity with South Sudan US Regional Development Director. (Article published in the January 2015 LCWR Newsletter) As the new year breaks into our lives, students are arriving at the Solidarity Teacher Training Institute at Yambio and the Catholic Health Training Institute at Wau. They arrive in Yambio just as ground is being broken for additional staff ...

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