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Caritas helping to build a strong and stable South Sudan

South Sudan is the world’s newest country. Caritas South Sudan is the confederation’s newest member. But that doesn’t mean that Caritas is a new arrival in South Sudan.

For decades, the Caritas confederation was part of a global prayer campaign for an end to the war in South Sudan, working in emergency relief, development, peace building and conflict resolution.

Caritas strives to bring emergency assistance to people still in need and to provide them with the skills and development programmes which will set them on their way to true independence. Caritas Internationalis members from 5 other countries are working alongside Caritas South Sudan and will remain at its side for the hard road ahead.

Conflict returned to South Sudan in December 2013. Hundreds of thousands of people were forced to flee from their homes. Caritas is providing 100,000 people with emergency relief. The aid includes food, plastic sheeting, blankets, mats, jerry cans, soap, mosquito nets, clean water and health care.

Caritas is striving to promote dialogue through the dioceses and by supporting initiatives like peace building broadcasts on radio stations. Caritas wants development gains to be protected by stability – not destroyed by violence.

Caritas Updates from South Sudan

  • South Sudan famine: I write with tears in my eyes

South Sudan famine: I write with tears in my eyes

  • 28 February 2017
Parts of South Sudan face famine due to an ongoing civil war, collapse of law and order and drought. William Okot de Toby is the managing director of a diocesan Caritas, Caritas Torit, in the south-eastern part of the country. He answered our questions.
  • South Sudan bishops: “This famine is man-made”

South Sudan bishops: “This famine is man-made”

  • 24 February 2017
Following the declaration of famine in Unity State, South Sudan this week, the country’s Catholic bishops have issued a powerful pastoral letter condemning the country’s civil war and labelling the famine as “man-made”.
  • People flee to churches with fresh fighting in South Sudan

People flee to churches with fresh fighting in South Sudan

  • 12 August 2016
When the guns started firing again in Juba on the 7th July it brought to an end the fragile ceasefire and forced the displacement of 34,000 people from around Juba. Many sought refuge in established UN camps or church compounds.

Media

South Sudan Slideshow

 

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