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Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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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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May 15, 2013

Three Prayer Concerns - May 16

Pibor town, South Sudan
Pray for the people of Pibor town in Jonglei State of South Sudan where violence, looting, and displacement are increasing. Pray for the Government of South Sudan and the United Nations Mission of South Sudan as they seek to address the situation. Learn about Presbyterian partners in South Sudan.

On the International Day of Families, give thanks for your family. Pray for strength and all that families need for the living of these days.

Religious Freedom
Pray that all people in might have the opportunity to practice their faith in freedom.

What prayers do you ...

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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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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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