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Video: Hostages of Wealth
Madam Achol Majok Kur speaks about child brides, forced marriages and the need for girls' education to counter gender-based violence
May 13, 2014 Church leaders who were part of the negotiations between South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir and former vice president Riek Machar are now urging that the peace agreement come into immediate effect, ending a five-month conflict in the world’s newest country. The peace agreement was signed by Kiir and Machar on Saturday, May10. Yet the situation remains volatile until the truce actually takes effect on the ground.
May 9, 2014 Church leaders to take part in talks between Sout Sudan's president Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar. Leaders include Peter Gai Lual Marrow of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan and representatives of the WCC and the All Africa Conference of Churches
WCC general secretary: war in South Sudan must end now
“The senseless war in South Sudan must end now,” said Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit following the pastoral visit of an ecumenical delegation to local churches in Juba May 2. He stressed the need for leaders on both sides to use the resuming negotiations as an opportunity to agree and implement a ceasefire immediately. This will enable aid groups, including the ACT Alliance, to respond effectively to the humanitarian crisis resulting from the violence. Read more.
Ecumenical delegation to visit South Sudan amidst conflict
Narrow window exists to get aid to remote areas before rainy season
Support the People of South Sudan!
April 2014. 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 outlined the problems and called
for immediate action in a statement reading in part:
Despite a Cessation of Hostilities agreement, fighting has continued, causing
tremendous suffering and large-scale displacement inside and outside the country. This is
a man-made disaster. All parties need to urgently work together to create the conditions
for peace and stability to return to South Sudan.
There are 5 million people in need, 800,000 people who are internally displaced, and
280,000 who have fled to neighboring countries. We thank those countries for hosting
refugees from South Sudan. Humanitarian agencies have reached more than 1 million people with life-saving aid. But this is just a fifth of the people in need. There must be immediate and unconditional
access for the UN and humanitarian organizations to reach people in need across all areas
of South Sudan. The next three months are critical.... Read more—download the full statement: PDF.
Church is a ‘unifying force’ in conflicted South Sudan, say PC(USA) mission workers
Religious groupsbring trauma recovery, conflict resolution skills to civil war-wracked country. Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mathers visited the Presbyterian Center March 13 to talk about their ministry.
Update, February 2014: All PC(USA) mission co-workers serving in South Sudan were initially required to leave the country and decisions regarding when they can return are being made after careful evaluation and in conversation with the mission personnel and the PC(USA)'s South Sudanese partners. Some have been able to return if their work and placement is seen as secure, others are being assigned temporary work in a different context until their return is possible.
South Sudanese churches ask warring parties to end conflict and build peace
In a statement issued in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Feb. 10, where negotiations are under way following the ceasefire signed on Jan. 23, the churches asked the parties to end the war, protect civilians, and support humanitarian initiatives. “…[W]e are one nation, sharing one identity, rich in culture, blessed by diversity, which is to be celebrated, not resented.” Read more.
Support Peace in South Sudan!
The ceasefire that went into effect in South Sudan on January 23 provides a sign of hope. Our brothers and sisters of South Sudan need our prayer and support as they seek to move into a future of justice and peace. Presbyterian leaders call on Presbyterians to pray for the people, government and churches of South Sudan. Prayers are requested for those who mourn the loss of loved ones, those injured in the conflicts, political and religious leaders, and all who work for peace and just. Read more
South Sudan ceasefire agreement marks the start of rebuilding, ACT Alliance says
ACT Alliance—a global, faith-based relief and development agency of which the PC(USA) is a partner—has applauded the ceasefire agreement for South Sudan signed Jan. 23, saying it is the first step toward reconciliation for the troubled country. In just one month, conflict in South Sudan has sparked a grave humanitarian crisis that has left many dead and more than half a million forced from their homes, of which 86,000 fled for shelter in neighboring countries, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). The fledgling nation erupted into violence last month after a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar, who agreed to a ceasefire Jan. 23. The Alliance acknowledged South Sudan would continue to need international assistance for a long time to come. Read more
Hope Amid Violence in South Sudan
When asked if they believe the recent ceasefire will stick, Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather say, “We’re hopeful.” They believe international pressure for peace must continue and our financial and prayerful support for organizations like RECONCILE and other relief agencies is a must because they are working on the ground for long-term peace-building. Read more.
Mission personnel leave South Sudan
December 21, 2013.
All Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-workers serving in South Sudan have left the country and have arrived safely in other African nations. Fighting in South Sudan continues between government forces and troops loyal to South Sudan’s former vice president, Riek Machar. Presbyterian World Mission staff members continue to monitor the situation and are staying in close contact with the seven mission co-workers assigned to South Sudan. A decision regarding when they can return safely will be made after careful evaluation and in conversation with the mission personnel and our South Sudanese partners. Please pray for the people of South Sudan and everyone, including PC(USA) partners, seeking reconciliation. Our mission co-workers and our South Sudanese partners have expressed their gratitude for the concern and prayers of people across our church. Please continue your prayers on their behalf.
February 2014 update: Some mission co-workers have been able to return if their work and placement is seen as secure, others are being assigned temporary work in a different context until their return is possible.
Call to prayer for South Sudan
Update: the Sudan Council of Churches issues a statement regarding the situation in South Sudan. Read it now.
View the Update on South Sudan webinar from January 14, 2014 featuring perspectives from Presbyterian World Mission, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Learn about our history in the region, how current events are impacting our global partners and how you can respond. Moderated by Shannon Beck, Reconciliation Catalyst for Presbyterian World Mission.
Listen to our global partner, Rev. Orozu Lokine, pastor in the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan and Director of SALT (Serving and Learning Together) a Sudanese NGO.
View the ongoing work of our mission co-workers and global partners around education
Despair in South Sudan
Presbyterians continue to walk with the Murle people in the Jonglei Province of Souh Sudan
Statement from the Sudan Council of Churches
In early 2014, the Sudan Council of Churches issued a statement regarding the situation in South Sudan. Read it now.
Presbyterian leaders released following imprisonment
Members of the clergy in the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan, a partner church of World Mission, were released after nearly seven months of imprisonment. Read the full story now.
Displaced by violence: the South Sudanese need our help
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. Learn how you can stand in the GAP (Give/Act/Pray) for those in need in South Sudan.
South Sudan takes steps to curb violence, but still faces major challenges
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.
Over the past two years inter-communal violence, primarily among the Nuer and Murle, has destabilized South Sudan’s western Jonglei State, causing massive displacement. The two ethnic groups, both predominately Presbyterian, have been at odds for more than 50 years. The ethnic rivalries were exacerbated by the 1983-2005 war with Khartoum, which armed both communities and pitted them against each other. Learn more about the situation in South Sudan and Presbyterian work to help those who are suffering begin to heal.
Republic of South Sudan
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) celebrates more than 100 years of ministry in Sudan. Its engagement in the country has involved ministry through mission personnel and partner church relationships. Since Sudan gained independence in 1956 civil war has gripped the nation for most of its post-colonial history. The war pitted Sudan’s northern-based government, controlled by Arab Muslims, against the southern Sudanese, who are mostly black African Christians and animists. Nevertheless, many people in Sudan struggled to find a common peace. Read more now.
Reconcile: Women’s Peace Building in Sudan
This emotional video highlights a women’s peace-building workshop in Southern Sudan, site of traumatic and violent inter-ethnic fighting. The Nuer women of Akobo are ready to work and learn skills such as trauma healing, and to travel the distance to Pibor and invite the Murle women of Pibor to come together restoring health, strength and peace to their post-war country.
Sudan Partner Churches and Organizations
- Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS)
- Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC)
- Sudan Council of Churches
- Sudan Advocacy Action Forum (SAAF)
- Nile Theological College
Sudan/South Sudan Mission Network
- For more information contact Bill Andress, Debbie Braaksma or Stacy Gregory
- 2014 meeting: October 13-14, Louisville, Ky.
The Sudan/South Sudan Mission Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.
Sudan Advocacy Action Forum