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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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November 19, 2015

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day

Photo and blog by Matt Cowell:

Happy World Toilet Day!  Since 2013, the United Nations has set aside November 19 each year to shed light on the lack of sanitation that many people around the globe face every day.  Although many countries had commemorated this day in previous years, since 2013 the UN has used the day to raise awareness of the need to ensure proper sanitation for all people.  According to the World Health Organisation, 2.4 billion people lack satisfactory sanitation systems and 946 million do not have any sort of toilet.  According to the World Bank, 38 ...

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October 15, 2015

A just and lasting peace for South Sudan

Ryan Smith and Peter Gai make plans for visits"The needs of the people must take priority over the interests of the powerful."

And what the people of South Sudan need is a just and lasting peace.

That's the message shared in the UN community by the Rt. Rev. Peter Gai, moderator of the Presbyterian Church in South Sudan and Sudan. 

The Rev. Gai came to New York on October 12 and 13 as part of a month long visit to call for prayer, action, and support for the efforts of the church in South Sudan to contribute to a just and lasting peace for the people.

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August 5, 2015

“We Are Forgotten”

by Sarah Hoyle

If you are unaware of the tragic situation occurring in the Nuba Mountain Region of Sudan, you are not alone. This New York Times article is one of the only major reports to come out of the region in recent months, though the Government in Khartoum is bombing its own civilians living in this region almost every single day. 

Our partner Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of over 160 Catholic development and relief agencies, invited Bishop Emeritus Macram Max Gassis of the Diocese of EI Obeid to the UN to speak about the struggles of his people.

Bishop ...

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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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