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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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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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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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