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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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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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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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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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