South Sudan

South Sudan one year on

South Sudan one year on

South Sudan became the world’s newest nation on 9 July 2011. Twelve months later, we celebrate the achievements of the people and churches of South Sudan and of Caritas South Sudan and its Caritas partners in working towards peace and development. The challenge has been huge. South Sudan has started life as one of the ...

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Forced marriage vs. school: helping South Sudan’s girls

Forced marriage vs. school: helping South Sudan’s girls

By Laura Sheahen “Some girls run here and tell Sr Pasquina that their family wants to marry them off by force.” Rita Amone is talking about young women in Isoke, a small town in the southeastern corner of South Sudan. At the primary school where Amone is a teacher, girls go to school. But the ...

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South Sudan’s lost generation comes home

South Sudan’s lost generation comes home

“There was bombing and shelling, soldiers. My children kept saying, ‘What’s happening?’” Nyanareng, a 28-year-old mother of four, didn’t have time for long explanations when violence struck Abyei, a disputed border town between Sudan and South Sudan. She just told her children to run. “We walked five days on foot. We’d dig in the ground ...

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South Sudan marks 1st anniversary in its long journey to development

South Sudan marks 1st anniversary in its long journey to development

On the road in South Sudan, landmine warnings flash by and demining groups work on unexploded bombs left over from war. But in a vehicle full of Caritas workers, the passengers are more worried about the insects flying around. Are they mosquitoes? Tsetse flies? The vehicle splashes through puddles where snails and worms live that ...

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In pictures: Conflict in the Sudans

In early summer 2011, violence erupted on the border between Sudan and South Sudan. In the town of Abyei, families left everything behind them as they ran to escape aerial attacks, shooting, and house-burnings. Caritas members immediately began helping families who walked miles to safer areas. In a place called Agok, Caritas has worked with ...

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Caritas helping stranded South Sudanese return home

Caritas helping stranded South Sudanese return home

Caritas staff and volunteers have been working flat out all over South Sudan to prepare for the return of refugees from north Sudan. In Juba, between 12-15,0000 returnees stranded in Kosti in the White Nile State in north Sudan are expected to arrive over the next few weeks by plane. The governor of White Nile ...

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Crisis in South Sudan and Sudan

Crisis in South Sudan and Sudan

People in Sudan and South Sudan face a humanitarian crisis if the two countries continue along the path to war. Months of clashes have intensified in recent weeks bringing the two civil war adversaries close to all out conflict. Caritas says that only peaceful negotiation between the two sides can resolve their disputes, while a ...

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Sudan and South Sudan must step back from war

Sudan and South Sudan must step back from war

Caritas Internationalis fears that a full scale war is imminent between Sudan and South Sudan with dire humanitarian consequences for both unless there is pull back from further military action. South Sudan became independent from Sudan last July following a popular vote. It was the culmination of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended decades ...

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