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July 8, 2014

Progress made, work to do, on children in armed conflict

by Max Hill

No child soldiers red handsLast week the Secretary-General released the annual report on Children and Armed Conflict. This report summarized all of the progress that has been made in terms of reducing the amount of children involved in situations of armed conflict, as well as highlighted areas where work still needs to be done. UN Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, stated that there are 23 situations around the world in which children are being used in armed conflict in some way.

The annual report named some specific groups and areas where clear violations of children’s rights ...

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April 21, 2014

Support the people of South Sudan

From our colleagues in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness

Support the people of South Sudan

Please contact your members of congress and urge them to support increased diplomatic initiatives and funding for humanitarian aid for South Sudan.  And, urge the Secretary of State and President to use all possible means to continue to press for humanitarian access.

The people of South Sudan are in desperate need of help.   On April 12, the United States along with the European Union and the United Nations out lined the problems and called for immediate action in a statement ...

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January 31, 2014

Support UN Peacekeeping efforts

From our partners in the Office of Public Witness

Tell Congress to support UN peacekeeping efforts

2013 was a tough year for the world — a year for the UN to prove itself more than ever.  It was a year in which the UN showed its ability to respond nimbly to unfolding crises around the globe, from the humanitarian response to Typhoon Hainan to the critical role that peacekeepers are playing in containing and even reversing conflicts in some of the toughest corners of the world.  However, just as peacekeeping is proving its worth, Congress and the Administration have decided to ...

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December 24, 2013

UN Security Council acts to double UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan

The United Nations News Centre reports:

The Security Council today authorized almost doubling the United Nations peacekeeping force in strife-torn South Sudan to nearly 14,000 in the face of a rapidly deteriorating security and humanitarian crisis that has left hundreds of civilians dead and tens of thousands of others driven from their homes.

As requested by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Council unanimously approved a temporary increase in the strength of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to up to 12,500 military and 1,323 police from a current combined strength of some 7,000, through the transfer ...

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December 19, 2013

Church leaders issue statement in the wake of escalating violence in South Sudan

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) deeply grieves the deaths of more than 500 people in the Republic of South Sudan and stands in prayer for the over 800 wounded there following recent outbreaks of violence in Africa’s newest country. The denomination is actively responding through World Mission, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and its partners, and is also calling for prayer for our mission co-workers, our South Sudanese church and ecumenical partners, and all South Sudanese people.

Neal D. Presa
Moderator of the 220th General Assembly (2012)

Gradye Parsons
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly

Linda Bryant Valentine
Executive Director ...

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November 8, 2013

Visiting partners in South Sudan

I’ve had the  privilege of visiting Presbyterian partners in South Sudan over the past week.  Presbyterians have been engaged with South Sudan for a long time and the strength of our partnerships was certainly evident this week. 

Photo of Ryan in South SudanFrom meeting with ACROSS and learning about the work they do with Ethiopian refugees in South Sudan and their role as a primary health service provider for UNHCR in South Sudan to the Presbyterian schools across the country, it is clear that Presbyterians are hard at work in South Sudan.

I had the opportunity to meet with leaders of the Presbyterian Church ...

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July 23, 2013

Ambassador of South Sudan talks with Security Council

by Anna Folz

On July 11, 2013, the Security Council held a meeting with the Ambassador of South Sudan. In this meeting the Ambassador discussed issues that continue to plague his country.  He focused on several on-going concerns: need to combat corruption, lack of civilian protections, and the need for increased peace and security throughout the country. The people of South Sudan know that addressing these issues will take a significant amount of time, but the government is dedicated to implementing programs that will address these concerns. The Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central Republic of Africa have committed ...

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July 5, 2013

Resource for prayer service for South Sudan


Our partners in South Sudan are holding a weekend of interfaith prayer services from July 5- 7, 2013. On July 8, 2013 they will hold a National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation.

The ecumenical community of non-governmental organizations at the United Nations will hold a prayer service on the morning of July 8. Feel free to use or adapt this order of worship or create your own.
May God lead the people of South Sudan to justice and peace.

Thanks to Brendan Welsh and Marissa Costello for their work on this prayer service.

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June 27, 2013

National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation in South Sudan

Please join the people of South Sudan in prayer for reconciliation in their country.

A National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation in South Sudan will take place on Monday, July 8, 2013, the eve of the anniversary of the country's independence.

The theme will be Lamentation, leading to repentance and personal conversion/transformation. From July 1-7, there will be prayers with different groups (e.g. government, organised forces, women, youth, etc).

On Friday, July 5 the Muslims will take up the prayer in their mosques, and on Sunday, July 7 the Christians will take it up in their churches ...

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May 1, 2013

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Asks for Prayers to End Violence in South Sudan

from our partners in World Mission

The crisis in South Sudan’s Jonglei State has escalated alarmingly in recent weeks.  The deteriorating situation has prompted the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to express deepening concern for the people of the region and to renew its urgent call to prayer and action to promote justice, peace and genuine security for the affected populations.

Since the beginning of 2013 the government of South Sudan’s campaign to disarm rebel forces led by David Yau Yau has triggered a growing number of clashes between the South Sudanese military (SPLA) and Yau Yau’s ...

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February 1, 2013

Prayer for the people of South Sudan

God of grace,
God of justice,
God of peace,
you create us to live together,
to honor and respect one another.
Hear us as we pray for South Sudan.

We pray for the people of South Sudan.
Grant courage to turn from violence;
grace to see each other as sisters and brothers;
strength to work for justice for all;
passion to seek peace;
and all that is needed for the living of these days.

We pray for the leaders of South Sudan.
Grant vision for a just and peace country;

wisdom to govern wisely;
strength to work for justice for ...

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July 16, 2012

Prayer requests from Sudan

Our church partners in the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (Republic of Sudan) request that, in God’s name, we pray for:

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March 13, 2012

South Sudan: UN mission responds to new outbreak of violence in Jonglei state

Hold the people of South Sudan - particularly the people living in Jonglei state - in prayer. They again face violence.

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March 13, 2012

South Sudan’s army signs pact with UN to release all children in its ranks

The Sudanese People’s Liberation Army of South Sudan (SPLA) today signed an agreement with the United Nations renewing its commitment to release all children within its ranks.

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March 13, 2012

UN Security Council Gravely Concerned at Cross-Border Violence between Sudan, South Sudan

From a March 6, 2012 press release by the UN Security Council:

Gravely concerned by reports of violent cross-border clashes between Sudan and South Sudan, the Security Council today demanded that all parties, including proxy forces, cease all military operations in the border areas and put an end to the cycle of violence.

Through a wide-ranging statement read out by its President, Mark Lyall Grant (United Kingdom), the Council, concerned about reported “troop movements, support to proxy forces, and aerial bombardments”, strongly urged the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan to reach agreement on the status of disputed border areas ...

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March 12, 2012

Kony 2012 and children in armed conflict

by Jessica Hawkinson

Millions of viewers have tuned in to the KONY2012 video and campaign, recently released by the organization Invisible Children. The campaign encourages public support for the arrest of Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), who is wanted for trial by the International Criminal Court. Kony is charged for, among other things, the widespread recruitment and use of child soldiers. The campaign also seeks to build support for the disarmament of the LRA and rehabilitation of these child soldiers.

For all of the support the campaign has gained, many key stakeholders have raised ...

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February 3, 2012

We Cannot Fail the South Sudanese: UN Humanitarian Chief

From OCHA:

(New York / Juba, South Sudan, 3 February 2012): On the third day of a four-day visit to South Sudan, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), Valerie Amos, met with representatives from the Government, the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), and donor countries in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, to discuss the complex humanitarian challenges facing the world’s youngest nation.

Humanitarian conditions remain extremely precarious for many South Sudanese, with clashes along the country’s disputed border with Sudan that have forced tens of thousands of ...

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February 3, 2012

Pray for peace conference in South Sudan

A prayer request from one of our church partners in South Sudan.
The Rev. John Phillip Omot, Peace and Justice Officer for the Greater Upper Nile, asks us to pray for Murle Anuak Peace Conference being facilitated by the council and RECONCILE which is taking place in Juba, South Sudan on February 3-4. Rev. Omot asks for prayers that the negotiations will have fruitful results and peace may be established. He further asks for prayers that God would convict those who are trying to disrupt the peace process to have a change of heart and to work for peace.

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January 20, 2012


Below is a statement that comes from the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan.


(Juba, 20 January 2012): United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Ms. Lise Grande, confirmed today that more than 120,000 people affected by the recent violence in Jonglei State may need emergency assistance.

“The violence in Jonglei hasn’t stopped,” Ms. Grande said. “Only two weeks ago we launched a massive emergency operation to help 60,000 people. As a result of recent attacks, we now estimate that double that number will need help.”

Fighting between Lou Nuer and Murle communities escalated sharply in ...

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January 9, 2012

Humanitarian emergency in Jonglei

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations in partnership with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission partners have been following the violence in South Sudan.  We encourage prayer for a peace resolution to this situation.

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Ms. Lise Grande issued the following statement:

(Juba, 7 January 2012): Humanitarian agencies are mounting a major emergency operation in Jonglei State in South Sudan to help people affected by the recent wave of inter-communal violence. “The Government of South Sudan has declared Jonglei a disaster zone and asked humanitarian agencies to accelerate life-saving assistance. We’re ...

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January 4, 2012

Prayer requests from Jonglei State

Our partners in the Presbyterian Church of Sudan and the Sudan Council of Churches have made the following specific prayer requests:

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January 4, 2012

UN officials speak out on violence in South Sudan

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Ms. Lise Grande reported yesterday on the humanitarian crisis occurring in the Jonglei state.  The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported, “The UN is mounting a ‘massive emergency support programme’ to help thousands of people return home after inter-communal clashes between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities in South Sudan’s Jonglei state.”

OCHA reports, “In 2011, more than 1,100 people have lost their lives, and some 63,000 people have been displaced by inter-communal violence in Jonglei state. The number of people killed and displaced from ...

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January 1, 2012

Violence continues in South Sudan

Our brothers and sisters in South Sudan continue to stand in need of prayer.

Here are some updates on the violence in Jonglei State:

Report: Fighters attack South Sudan town despite presence of U.N. peacekeepers (CNN)

South Sudan 'sends more troops' to strife-torn town Pibor (BBC)

South Sudan Lou Nuer fighters attack town of Pibor (BBC)

UN sends troops to South Sudan town (Al-Jazeera video - a day or two old at this point)

The Presbyterian Church of Sudan has issued a statement calling all to pursue peace.

May God guide those who work for peace.

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December 30, 2011

Statement by Presbyterian Church of Sudan on violence in Jonglei State

Our partners in the Presbyterian Church of Sudan have issued the following statement regarding the violence happening in Jonglei State of South Sudan:

It is bad news  that PCOS Congregations such as Lou Nuer and Murle are killing themselves all the time through cattle raiding. This situation in Jonglei State displeases the Head office of the Presbyterian Church of Sudan, the Nation of South Sudan and the Whole world. We call the Lou Nuer and the Murle to lay down their arms and stop the current attacks.  We ask the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the UN ...

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December 27, 2011

Urgent prayer request for Jonglei State, South Sudan

Here's a December 30 update from the BBC:

The United Nations has moved a battalion of combat troops to the South Sudanese town of Pibor to prevent an attack by the Lou Nuer ethnic group.

Our sisters and brothers in Jonglei State in South Sudan stand in urgent need of prayer.

The United Nations News Centre offers this report:

The United Nations today urged South Sudan to take all necessary measures to protect civilians in Jonglei State after reports identified thousands of armed youth preparing to attack a rival community.

“I am deeply concerned to learn of reports of ...

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October 20, 2011

Build bridges, not walls

Peter Tibi preaching"God makes us new so we can build bridges, not walls."

As a citizen of South Sudan, the newest member of the United Nations, the Rev. Peter Tibi has reflected a great deal on what "new" means.

Peter has also pondered newness as a follower of Jesus Christ.

Drawing on 2 Corinthians 5:16-20, Peter noted that God in Christ makes us new to live in new ways, as ambassadors for Christ. Part of that newness involves building bridges in a world filled with walls. Peter described how RECONCILE engages in such ministry in South Sudan.

Peter preached this morning ...

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August 24, 2011

UN statement on Jonglei violence

Below is taken directly from Office of the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan from the Sudan Tribune.  


(Juba, 24 August 2011): The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Ms. Lise Grande, has expressed her concern about the impact of renewed inter-communal violence on the civilian population in Jonglei State. Clashes have left villages burned, humanitarian assets looted and hundreds injured or killed.

Following reports of violence in Pieri and surrounding areas in Uror County, a humanitarian assessment team was dispatched to the area on 22 August. The team, which was made up of UN agencies as well ...

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August 12, 2011

Raising the Flag of South Sudan

History was made as the flag of South Sudan became the 193rd flag flying outside the United Nations in New York.

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August 1, 2011

Map of South Sudan

Wondering where South Sudan is located? Looking for a map?

Here's an online map. It shows what is known although it notes that the final alignment of the borders is pending negotiations and demarcation.

There is also an image of the flag of South Sudan.

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July 28, 2011

A reminder

I led morning prayers at the Church Center for the United Nations on Thursday morning. I shared a story about a member of the Communion of Saints - Samuel Johnson. I was reading the Bible, not Boswell. I met Samuel in Orangeburg, SC some fifteen years ago. It was good to remember him.

During the service, those present were invited to pray. The prayers touched on a variety of concerns - the Horn of Africa, the deadlock on the debt ceiling in the United States, family with illness, friends who had died, Norway, Sudan and South Sudan, Malawi, human rights and religious ...

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July 25, 2011

Concern continues for Southern Kordofan

Southern Kordofan - on the border between Sudan and South Sudan - remains an area of concern. A statement issued last Friday by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, reflects on the situation in Southern Kordofan

The United States is deeply concerned about alarming and credible allegations of violence committed by Sudan Armed Forces and aligned groups in Southern Kordofan. These include acts of extreme cruelty and abuse against civilians that, if true, may constitute crimes against humanity – extra-judicial killings, house-to-house searches, abductions, arbitrary arrests, and violence motivated by differences of religion or ethnicity.

The United ...

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July 13, 2011

History in the making


SC Gathering

Photo: Ryan Smith

There are few times in one’s life where you can really say that you have witnessed history.  I believe today to be one such occasion for me.  

On Saturday, July 9, the world watched as South Sudan became fully independent from Sudan.  This occurred just six months after the historic referendum where over 98 percent of the population in South Sudan voted for independence.  The opportunity for the referendum was granted to the people by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, just years earlier.

Today, sitting in the chamber of the Security Council, I couldn’t help but ...

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July 7, 2011

Independence Eve for South Sudan

As these words are posted, it is early evening on 8 July 2011 in Sudan. Tomorrow brings independence for South Sudan - and significant changes for the peoples of what is now Sudan and what tomorrow will be two countries - South Sudan and Sudan.

Reports of violence continue. Plans for celebrations are in place. Fears choke at the people. Hope looms. Prayers continue:

God in your mercy, pour your grace upon all the peoples in what is now Sudan and what tomorrow will be South Sudan and Sudan. Lead them away from violence. Guide them in paths of peace. Strengthen them ...

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July 6, 2011

North-South negotiations on Sudan

Below is a press statement from Victoria Nuland, Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson, Department of State, Washington, DC


The United States is encouraged by the July 4 meeting between Sudanese President Bashir and First Vice President Kiir at the Extraordinary Session of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development on Sudan in Addis Ababa. We welcome the commitment that Sudan’s leaders made to continue negotiations on outstanding issues following South Sudan’s independence on July 9. We urge the parties to set a firm deadline – no later than the end of July – for the resolution of these issues. Leaving key ...

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July 3, 2011

A prayer for July 9

God who makes all things new,
as this new day dawns,
bringing the birth of a new state,
we pray out of grave concern,
we pray into hope abounding.
We pray that justice and well-being will prevail
for all the peoples of Sudan and South Sudan,
for all the peoples of South Sudan and Sudan.
Bless the peoples.
Bless the nations.
Guide them in the paths of peace.
We pray in Jesus' name.

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July 1, 2011

Season of prayer with the people of Sudan

Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as July 9 – the date when South Sudan becomes an independent nation draws near.  Our sisters and brothers in Sudan and around the world are in prayer now and will continue in prayer until and after independence is achieved.

Remembering the role that prayer played in the days before the referendum, a number of faith communities will again come together in a Season of Prayer with the people of Sudan in this time. Specifically, we are invited to pray for thirty minutes on:

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June 22, 2011

Presbyterian leaders offer a call to prayer for Sudan

From the Presbyterian News Service

Bolbach, Parsons, and Valentine urge peace as July 9 independence nears

With violence flaring up in Sudan as the July 9 independence of South Sudan nears, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders have called on all Presbyterians to pray for peace in the east African country.

The call was issued by General Assembly Moderator Cynthia Bolbach, General Assembly Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons and General Assembly Mission Council Executive Director Linda Valentine.

After decades of civil war between the Khartoum-based Islamist government of Sudan and the mainly Christian and animist south, a Comprehensive Peace Agreement was ...

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June 21, 2011

Statement by Secretary Clinton on Agreement To Withdraw Forces from the Abyei Area of Sudan

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 20, 2011

Read the statement on the Department of State Web site

Earlier today, the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement signed an agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which will reduce tensions in Abyei and improve the security and humanitarian situation on the ground. I spoke with leaders from both sides in Addis Ababa last week and I have had more phone discussions with Sudanese leaders since. I know these negotiations have not been easy. I commend both parties for resolving their differences peacefully after ...

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June 20, 2011

Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a Security Council Briefing on Sudan, June 20, 201

Below is a release from the United States Mission to the United Nations, a statement by Ambassador Rice to the Security Council on the ongoing situation in Sudan.  



June 20, 2011



Mr. President, we welcome the news that the parties have just signed an agreement on temporary administrative and security arrangements for Abyei and the withdrawal of Sudanese Armed Forces. We are encouraged by this news. We greatly appreciate the intensive efforts of former President Thabo Mbeki and the African Union High-level Implementation Panel over the past two weeks to assist the parties ...

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June 10, 2011

Come Holy Spirit to the people of Sudan

Come Holy Spirit, come to the people of Sudan.
Come Holy Spirit, come to break the hold of violence.
Come Holy Spirit, come to turn the people around.
Come Holy Spirit, come to draw the people together.
Come Holy Spirit, come to build unity within diversity.
Come Holy Spirit, come to lead the people in paths of peace.
Come Holy Spirit, come to guide the people to establish justice.
Come Holy Spirit, come to the people of Sudan.

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June 5, 2011

A prayer for the people of Sudan who know conflict

Gracious God, we pray for the people of Sudan. We pray particularly for the people in Abyei, South Kordofan, the Blue Nile, and other places where tensions run high. We pray that the military of the Government of Sudan and of the Sudanese People's Liberation Army refrain from conflict. We pray that all the people of Sudan turn from violence and work for a just and lasting peace. Guide the people. We ask in Jesus' name. Amen.

The BBC reports that the UN is investigating clashes that have broken out in South Kordofan.

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June 4, 2011

The Future of South Sudan - Webcast

The US Institute of Peace announces an upcoming webcast on the future of South Sudan:
June 14, 2011
The Future of South Sudan: A Conversation with H.E. Vice President Riek Machar
As Southern Sudan's independence fast approaches, a fragile peace hangs in the balance. USIP has been involved in Sudan for nearly 20 years working on the ground, advising and collaborating with local organizations to find peaceful solutions to flashpoint issues. As the world looks to Sudan's leaders to resolve critical issues before July 9th, the Institute is pleased to host H.E. Lt. General Dr. Riek ...

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June 2, 2011

A prayer of fear and hope for the peoples of Sudan

God of the ages, July 9 draws near and I fear . . . I fear for my brothers and sisters in Sudan. I fear that preparations and plans for the independence of South Sudan have not been carefully made. I fear that the United Nations and the nations and intergovernmental organizations of the world are unclear as to how to engage and support this transition. I fear that individuals and communities and factions will turn too quickly to violence. I fear that war and destruction will again be unleashed: north against south, tribe against tribe, people against people. I fear for my ...

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June 1, 2011

A note of thanks for prayer from South Sudan

In response to prayers for the people of Pibor and Akobo counties of southern Sudan, we have received the following note from our partners in Eastern Jonglei Presbyery:

Brothers and sisters in the Lord

On behalf of Eastern Jonglei Presbytery, SALT (Serving and Learning Together) Leadership and the entire Murle Community, I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude for moral support and tireless prayers for Murle Community in their time of distress and tribulation caused by their Nuer brothers. God heard your prayers.  The Nuer youth were planning to come back again for a third time but through your prayers ...

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May 27, 2011

Pray with the people of Sudan

Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as July 9 – the date when South Sudan becomes an independent nation draws near. Our sisters and brothers in Sudan and around the world...

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May 27, 2011

A brief introduction to Sudan

At the Compassion, Peace & Justice Training Day held on March 25 before Ecumenical Advocacy Days, the staff of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations led a workshop on Sudan. The workshop included a presentation on the history of...

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May 26, 2011

A prayer from the Sudan Catholic Bishop’s Conference in South Sudan

Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as July 9 – the date when South Sudan becomes an independent nation draws near. Our sisters and brothers in Sudan and around the world...

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May 16, 2011

A prayer for South Sudan and forgiveness

Our loving Heavenly Father, We come before you to ask your forgiveness and seek your direction and guidance for South Sudan. Lord,we know that bitterness and resentment are like toxic thorns in our soul, sapping our mental process, thought-life, will,...

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May 13, 2011

Pray with the people of Sudan as South Sudan prepares for independence

Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as July 9 – the date when South Sudan becomes an independent nation draws near. Our sisters and brothers in Sudan and around the world...

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May 1, 2011

Pray for Sudan

Reports have been received about an increase in violence in central Jonglei state in Southern Sudan. Please hold the people of the region in prayer. Please pray for all the people of Sudan as the process for creating the new...

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February 28, 2011

Now brothers and sisters

"They are now brothers and sisters, and now death amongst us shall stop." That's the promise made by Nuer women and Murle women in South Sudan who worked with RECONCILE International - a promise all the more amazing because of...

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February 25, 2011

What did I learn?

Several times the question "What did I learn?" was posed to participants (young people and adults alike) in the Fab Five Seminar on climate change and its impacts at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. At the closing of...

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February 14, 2011

Sudan updates

Remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a Security Council Briefing on Sudan , February 9, 2011 UN hails South's vote on independence but cautions on tasks ahead North and South Sudan make...

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February 7, 2011

22,000 South Sudanese Stranded in Khartoum

From Refugees International: Khartoum/Washington, DC – As the final results of South Sudan’s referendum for independence are confirmed, 22,000 southerners are stranded on the side of the road in and around Khartoum still waiting for transportation to the South. On...

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December 19, 2010

Southern Sudan by the numbers

The Sudan Advocacy Action Forum provides the following information about South Sudan: Poverty: 50.6% of the population live on less than $1.00 US a day. Poverty is highest in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal state with 75.6% of the population living below...

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December 18, 2010

Preparing for the South Sudan referendum

As the day for the referendum in South Sudan (and hopefully the referendum in Abyei) draws near, here are some observations, reflections, and resources: Pray with the people of Sudan Fast with the people of Sudan Letter to WCC member...

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December 17, 2010

Pray with the people of Sudan - December 17

Join our sisters and brothers in Sudan in prayer today from 12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m Eastern Time (or its equivalent). Pray where you are. Pray as you are most comfortable. Pray alone. Pray together. Prayer is always appropriate. What...

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December 16, 2010

Consider fasting with the people of Sudan

The people of South Sudan are scheduled to participate in a referendum on self-determination on January 9, 2011. Our sisters and brothers in Sudan plan to fast at times during the weekend of the referendum. Consider joining them on Friday,...

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November 29, 2010

Negotiating Sudan's North-South Future

The International Crisis Group has issued an update briefing, Negotiating Sudan's North-South Future. The briefing notes that "foundations for a constructive post-referendum relationship are yet to be laid" between North and South Sudan. While many people "in Sudan and abroad...

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November 19, 2010

A Season of Prayer with the People of Sudan

Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as January, 2011 draws near. A referendum on self-determination for the people of South Sudan is scheduled for January 9. On that same day, a...

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November 9, 2010

Sudan humanitarian snapshot

A new resource helps provide a quick overview of the humanitarian needs in Sudan. ReliefWeb provides a map that identifies and illustrates those situations. The map includes a timeline of events leading up to the January 9, 2011 referendum in...

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November 5, 2010

The Rev. Sam Kobia on South Sudan referendum

Sudan is preparting for a January 9 referendum on self-determiniation for South Sudan. This is called for by the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement which ended decades of war between the northern and southern parts of the country. People of faith...

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September 24, 2010

A season of prayer for Sudan

Download A Season of Prayer for Sudan Our sisters and brothers in Sudan stand in need of prayer. The Sudan Council of Churches (SCC), at its 17th General Assembly in 2009, made an urgent appeal to all parties to the...

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August 22, 2010

The clock is running: it's time to pray

January 9, 2011 is the date for an historic vote in South Sudan. On that date, people from Sudan’s oil-producing south are due to vote in a referendum on whether they should secede and form Africa’s newest nation; a plebiscite...

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July 17, 2010

July 18, 2010, pray with the people of Sudan

The churches in Sudan will pray for their country and its future on July 18, 2010 for the upcoming January 2011 referendum. Will you join them? Will you invite others to pray? Here is a prayer to use or adapt:...

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December 23, 2009

Dreams for a just and lasting peace

Our friends in the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum pass on concerns from our sisters and brothers in Sudan encourage us to pray for a just and lasting peace for all the people of Sudan. Refugees International provide a brief video...

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November 17, 2009

Blogging Presbyterian peacemakers

Presbyterian peacemakers have several blogs going: Trinity Presbytery blogs at Trinity Peacemakers. A recent post invites prayers for RECONCILE's Peace Institute in South Sudan. The Presbytery of Genesee Valley blogs at Presbytery Peacemaking blog. Satyagraha and Humble Service is the...

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October 30, 2009

Learning about Sudan in Maryville

In the Presbytery of East Tennessee, International Peacemaker the Rev. Orozu Lokine Daky, from Sudan, and Dr. Ingrid Reneau, a PC(USA) Mission Co-worker in South Sudan, offered workshops at the Global Voices Summit. This event was sponsored by the group,...

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April 27, 2009

Prevent the Collapse of South Sudan

Urge Congress to act to prevent the collapse of South Sudan. Were a collapse to occur, it would gravely threaten prospects for peace in Sudan as a whole, including Darfur. Since 2005, two million south Sudanese have returned to the...

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