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Statement on active nonviolence


The Religious Superiors’ Association of South Sudan (RSASS) released a statement on April 28 on active nonviolence as a way to build lasting peace in South Sudan. In this statement, RSASS acknowledges that South Sudan is entrenched in violence and in a deep economic and humanitarian crisis. Despite this, RSASS encourages the people of South Sudan to remain hopeful and to ...

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  11 October 2015 – Religious Leaders and Elders in Yambio have issued a mutual combined press statement to call for peace and calm in the region. Read below the full statement Mutual Combined Press Statement of call for calm in Western Equatoria State and Republic of South Sudan Yambio, October 7th 2015 We the Religious Leaders and Elders in Yambio ...

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Training Trauma Healing Trainers


by Cathy Arata Trauma healing is not something new for Solidarity with South Sudan. Since January 2010, we have conducted more than thirty workshops using the Capacitar method (funded by Mensen met een missie). More than one thousand children, women and men have participated in these workshops. This year we took a big step forward and participated with RSASS in ...

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147. Ministry in Malakal

Priest lives with the displaced in South Sudan

There are good photographs that record reality with sharpness and accuracy; but there are great photos that touch the heart and stir the emotions. I have some of these to offer with this reflection, great photos taken by a very good friend to Solidarity with South Sudan, Paul Jeffrey. The photos, more than anything I can write, reveal the misery of ...

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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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Solidarity – A Call of the Spirit


“I am counting on you to wake up the world.” This is the challenge made to religious by Pope Francis in his Apostolic Letter to All Consecrated People on the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life. The Pope reminds us that the “Gospel is demanding…and it demands to be lived radically and sincerely.” He calls us to “live the ...

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One Nation

Prayer for the Republic of South Sudan God of Mercies, we thank you for your great love for us. We ask you to guide our leaders in the process of nation building. Grant them wisdom, compassion and fortitude. Loving God, give us courage to reject ethnic resentment as well as ethnic conflicts. Through the intercession of St. Josephine Bakhita, help ...

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One Nation: HIV/AIDS & Capacitar Workshop

Sister Joana gave a two-day workshop in Riimenze to 30 single mothers and women on HIV/AIDS and Capacitar (a trauma healing workshop incorporating movements of the body). Below, Sr. Joana recounts the workshop and the impact that it had on the women of Riimenze: We began with an opening prayer by Deacon Matthew. We invited schoolgirls for a three-hour workshop ...

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