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June 29, 2015

We were wrong: Midyear 2015 report by OCHA South Sudan

by Sarah Hoyle

Six months ago, we thought that violence and suffering had peaked and peace was on the horizon. We were wrong.

- Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan

Unfortunately now, conditions in South Sudan are much worse than they were six months ago. OCHA South Sudan has just released the midyear report on conditions and progress in the region, and crises for those caught in violence and turmoil in South Sudan are as dire as ever.

Cover of OCHA South Sudan Midyear reportThe report highlights 4 main areas of crisis that are currently of greatest concern. 

1. Displacement. About 2.1 million people have ...

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June 1, 2015

Protecting civilians in armed conflict - South Sudan

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September 29, 2014

The Good Lie

From our partners in World Mission:

 

Presbyterian World Mission Encourages Congregations to Host an Event and Discussion About the Movie “The Good Lie.”

The movie, which opens in theaters October 3rd, focuses on the “Lost Boys,” who were orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan, beginning in 1983. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys, as well as girls, to America.

Philippe Falardeau has written a moving screenplay which stars Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon alongside Sudanese actors, and children of war, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Kuoth Wiel.

Mamere and ...

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May 7, 2014

Stop the violence in South Sudan

Our colleagues in the Office of Public Witness invite us to join a call for action on South Sudan:

Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) is calling on the Obama administration to send former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to South Sudan to help end mass ethnic violence.  Please contact President Obama and urge him to support Rep. Wolf’s call and appoint the former presidents to help bring about a negotiated settlement and an end to the violence engulfing South Sudan.

The conflict is ominously similar to the Rwandan genocide 20 years ago.  Thousands have died in the ...

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April 28, 2014

South Sudan Appeal

The Office of Public Witness recently posted an action alert encouraging Presbyterians to advocate with our government to support increased diplomatic initiatives, humanitarian access and funding for humanitarian aid for South Sudan. 

Our Area Coordinator for Africa reports:

The situation has only worsened since that time; the atrocities that have been committed in Bentiu and Bor are heart wrenching. In addition to pressing for governmental action  we believe it’s crucial for us to support the church’s response to the situation through  support of  the ACT Alliance and the Presbyterian Relief and Development’s work in relief and RECONCILE ...

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