internally displaced boy carries his belongings inside a United Nations
Missions in a compound in Juba, South Sudan, Dec. 19, 2013
The following appeal
comes from the North American SSND Leadership.
It is based on first hand reports received from Sr. Cathy Arata who is
living and serving in Juba, S, Sudan.
are writing to you with a brief update on the situation in South Sudan.
14, 2014 entire swathes of a region in South Sudan were abandoned by the
local people who- according to their Church leader- fled for their lives
following a brutal attack carried out during a so-called cease
fire. Catholic Church sources have reported that mass evacuations had been
carried out across parts of the country and livelihoods have been
destroyed. “We need special attention of solidarity and love, we are
miserable. Kindly remember us in your prayers.”
Since the violence erupted several months ago, an estimated 10,000 people
have been killed and more than 93,000 people displaced. Peace talks between
rebel forces loyal to South Sudan’s former vice-president, Mr. Machar, and
the government of South Sudan are expected to restart on March 20th
. We ask you to pray on March 20th for the peace talks and for
the many people who are suffering during this time of great violence.
The following are suggestions for advocacy:
Minister Baird at
Please call U.S. State Department. 202-647-4000. Tell
the operator you would like to leave a message for Secretary of State John
I am urging you, (Minister Baird) (Secretary Kerry) to:
constructive role, both diplomatically and financially, in supporting
the peace talks for South Sudan.
the role of women in the peace negotiations and the ongoing efforts at
peace-building and reconciliation
Canada’s (U.S.) commitment to humanitarian relief in South Sudan through
the United Nations and civil society.
the documentation of human rights abuses in South Sudan during this
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