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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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December 16, 2013

Call to prayer for South Sudan

The Africa Office of World Mission is asking for prayer for the current crisis in South Sudan. The BBC reports, “South Sudan's President Salva Kiir says an attempted coup by soldiers loyal to his former deputy Riek Machar has been put down. …. The alleged attempted coup is a manifestation of months of political unrest, which escalated in July when President Salva Kiir dismissed his deputy, Riek Machar. Mr. Machar and other senior politicians accused the president of intolerance and dictatorship. In recent weeks, Mr. Kiir has warned of attempts to instigate political instability, amid bouts of ethnic violence. Mr ...

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October 20, 2013

Addressing the root causes of the conflict in South Sudan

From Presbyterian World Mission

Find ways to support our sisters and brothers in South Sudan.

The government of South Sudan has recently taken laudable steps to halt killings and human rights abuses by members of the armed forces, but South Sudan’s people still face multiple threats from inter-ethnic tensions, entrenched patterns of violence, natural disasters and conflict in neighboring Sudan.

South Sudan became an independent country on July 9, 2011, following a referendum in which its people overwhelmingly voted to separate from Sudan.  The referendum, agreed under a 2005 peace deal with Sudan, ended decades of civil war, but ...

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October 20, 2013

Displaced by violence: the people of South Sudan need our help

From Presbyterian World Mission

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Presbyterian World Mission are compelled to help more than 90,000 displaced people, mostly Murle, in South Sudan who fled inter-ethnic conflict and gross human rights violations by the South Sudanese military. Our goal is to provide food, emergency supplies, trauma recovery and peace building support. We are working with our Sudanese partners, but the needs are much greater than we can handle without significant gifts from supporters like you.

Presbyterian Relief and Disaster Assistance, the relief and development arm of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan, will be providing food, emergency ...

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