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South Sudan – the Spear Master

He is a spiritual guide and has the ability to mediate between God, totems and men. He is aware of the importance of education. Without hesitating he gave the land of his ancestors, with plenty of mango and tamarind trees and monkeys for the building of a school, and he moved elsewhere. Guricdit Marialjual lives…

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South Sudan. Peace-building and trauma-healing Centre

Missionaries, are spearheading the project of a centre for human, pastoral, and spiritual formation, peace-building, and trauma-healing in South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, as a sovereign and independent state. On 9 July, 2011 South Sudan became independent after the conflict that spanned nearly 40 years against the ruling regime in Khartoum. A young nation…

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South Sudan. Dinka peace and reconciliation process

The Dinka people are the largest ethnic group in South Sudan. They live mostly in the Bahr el Ghazal region of the Nile basin, Jonglei and parts of southern Kordufan and Upper Nile regions. They are mainly agri-pastoral people. The conflict-reconciliation resolution is an important event in Dinka society. The conflict-reconciliation cycle has four components:…

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Comboni Missionaries ‘with the people’ in Africa’s most dangerous zones

The situation in South Sudan is still very unstable, with 900,000 displaced and more than one thousand people killed since the warring broke out several months ago. In the last few weeks, the Comboni Missionaries, based in the Leer mission, fled into the savannah to escape the violence and destruction. Here is their account. When…

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South Sudan – A power struggle

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South Sudan’s government and rebels  signed a ceasefire agreement after talks in Ethiopia on 23rd January. Under the deal, the fighting were due to come to an end within 24 hours. However,  fighting still continue in some parts of the country. The South Sudanese government has expressed scepticism over whether the opposition will be able…

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South Sudan – Welcome to the Rainbow Centre

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John arrived at the Rainbow Centre, four years ago, in the morning, Sister Joan remembers it as if it was yesterday “I immediately sent a catechist to the market to buy John a dress, a blanket and  some soap”, this Comboni missionary sister with an iron will and a sweet smile remembers. “The boy”, she…

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South Sudan – “We are tired of war”

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“This violence is not the result of ethnic rivalry, but a political division among members of the same party. I do not believe we will return to war, simply because the South Sudanese do not want it. They paid way too high a tribute in blood for their independence and now just want to live…

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South Sudan – Catholic Radio Network

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  The Catholic Radio Network, with its nine radio stations, reaches out to the people of South Sudan and of the Nuba Mountains as a means of communication and information that builds peace and reconciliation. The Catholic Radio Network (CRN) is a vocal means of communication in the youngest nation of the world, the Republic…

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South Sudan – The Holy Trinity Peace Village

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Paride Taban won the 2013 Sergio Vieira de Mello Prize for his work at the Holy Trinity Peace Village in Kuron, in the east of South Sudan, which he founded. A powerful example of peace and reconciliation. On a hilltop between Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv there is a peculiar community called Neve Shalom/Wahat as-Salaam (The Oasis…

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South Sudan – Capital Injustice

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  South Sudan’s Comboni Missionaries – Sisters, Brothers and Fathers – recently wrote a letter to the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC) petitioning the bishops of the two Sudans to take concrete steps towards the abolition of death penalty in the South. The initiative was catalyzed by the resumption of executions in the new country…

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South Sudan – Hard lines

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  The South Sudanese literally walk over vast crude deposits, yet over 51 percent of the 9 million citizens live below the poverty line, the country faces a big food gap and austerity measures are choking the economy. Twenty one years of civil war left the infrastructure in ruins and South Sudan needs sustainable peace…

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South Sudan: Standoff

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  Joe Vieira, from Juba The political situation between South Sudan and Sudan took a turn to the worse at the end of January when the Government of Juba decided to turn off the pumps in its oil fields accusing Khartoum of stealing the crude and demanding unreasonable fees to allow the export of oil…

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Advocacy

A Museum for advocacy?

A Museum can surely be an action of advocacy, if it provides awareness towards empowerment. The National Museum of African American History and Culture that ex…

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Baobab

Why the sea is salty.

Long ago, the sea was not salty. People got their salt from the mountain of salt across the sea. One day, the people in the village…

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Youth & Mission

Bennie was the wrong person, in the wrong place at…

Bennie had a thin, hollow face, the picture of malnutrition at 22 years of age, he had never been to school for more than a few…

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