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An 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.


 We are writing to you with a brief update on the situation in South Sudan.

 On March 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:

 Advocacy Canada:     Minister Baird at 

 Advocacy US:             Please call U.S. State Department. 202-647-4000. Tell the operator you would like to leave a message for Secretary of State John Kerry.

 I am urging you, (Minister Baird) (Secretary Kerry) to:

  • Play a constructive role, both diplomatically and financially, in supporting the peace talks for South Sudan.
  • Prioritize the role of women in the peace negotiations and the ongoing efforts at peace-building and reconciliation
  • Bolster Canada’s (U.S.) commitment to humanitarian relief in South Sudan through the United Nations and civil society.
  • Assist in the documentation of human rights abuses in South Sudan during this conflict.

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