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Across East Africa millions of families face starvation because of drought, lack of food, and civil war, as the UN warns that the world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945. CAFOD director, Chris Bain, said: "Vulnerable people in East Africa are now on the brink of starvation and urgently need life-saving assistance. We have been working over the long-term with our partners in some of the worst hit areas, but have reached a point where we need more support to help communities facing severe hunger.
On Monday, UN agencies officially declared famine in parts of South Sudan. War and a collapsing economy have left 100,000 people facing starvation now. A further one million people have been classified as being on the brink of famine, according to the World Food Programme (WFP) and other UN bodies. Commenting on the news, CAFOD's Country Representative, Francis Flood, based in the capital Juba said: "The people of South Sudan are dealing with hunger and starvation and what is now a protracted conflict. Vulnerable families are struggling to take care of themselves, and many
CAFOD today welcomes the news that one of its long-term partners in South Sudan, Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, has been named as the new President of the Sudan Catholic Bishops' Conference (SCBC). Bishop Hiiboro took over from HE Gabriel Cardinal Zubeir Wako Archbishop Emeritus of Khartoum who has retired. Bishop Eduardo has been a vocal proponent of peace and reconciliation, against a back drop of continuing violence, as the country enters its fourth year of conflict.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is calling on the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to honour their commitments under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), by withdrawing unauthorised security personnel from the area and facilitating a referendum in accordance with agreed international stipulations. According to the CPA that ended the Sudanese civil war, a referendum on the future of the oil-rich region of Abyei should have occurred in tandem with South Sudan's referendum on independence.
Thursday 15th December will mark the third anniversary since South Sudan descended into conflict. Not only does this mean that the world's newest nation has been at peace for less than half of its existence, the violence is getting worse. "2016 has seen an escalation in conflict, displacement and loss of lives," said Francis Flood, country representative in South Sudan for the Catholic aid agency, CAFOD. He called on all the warring parties to bring a halt to the violence and resume negotiations.
Missionaries from one of the most remote and inaccessible places on earth have been visiting London this week, accompanied by Bishop Dominic Kimengich of the Diocese of Lodwar, in northwest Kenya. There are few roads in Nyangatom, southwest Ethiopia where Fr David Eschrich, Fr Angel Valderia from the St Paul's Missionary Community are setting up a new mission. This rugged, semi-desert region on the border of Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia, has been the scene of violent ethnic tensions for years as rival tribes who live from their herds of cattle,
On World Humanitarian Day, Friday August 19, Christian Aid is paying tribute to aid workers who face significant dangers and difficulties as they provide relief to people caught up in crisis zones. An annual initiative of the United Nations, World Humanitarian Day aims to recognise the women and men risking their lives on a daily basis to deliver aid during conflict, emergencies and disasters. Christian Aid has taken this opportunity to highlight the challenges facing its staff and partners in South Sudan,
Warring parties, international community and UN peacekeeping force must do more to protect civilians and aid agencies. South Sudan faces a spiralling humanitarian crisis as the recent surge in fighting prevents aid agencies from providing urgent help to millions of people in need. Violence and insecurity continue in Juba
A project partner of Aid to the Church in Need has warned that the upsurge of fighting in South Sudan will see the humanitarian crisis affecting millions of civilians worsening. One of the charity's South Sudanese project partners, who cannot be named for security reasons, described how renewed violence in Juba has caused immense suffering and increased insecurity amongst its people. Referring to calls from the governments of neighbouring countries Uganda and Kenya for their citizens to leave South Sudan, he said:
Pope Francis has sent a special envoy to South Sudan to urge for an end to violence in the country and to help establish dialogue and trust between the warring parties. Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, travelled to the capital Juba this week to give support to the Archbishop and to meet with the country's leaders. He carried with him a letter from the Pope for President Salva Kiir and one for Vice President Riek Machar who are historic enemies and represent the different ethnic groups.
The Chair of Christian Aid, the Rt Rev Dr Rowan Williams, has spoken out against the recent fighting in South Sudan, where armed clashes in the capital, Juba, claimed nearly 300 lives and forced thousands of people to abandon their homes. The former Archbishop of Canterbury, who visited South Sudan with Christian Aid in 2014, has highlighted the devastating cost of conflict in the country. He has also echoed a call for peace made by fellow senior Christian leaders at the South Sudan Council of Churches, a Christian Aid partner,
Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Bishop William Kenney CP have issued the following statement this morning regarding the situation in Juba, South Sudan. Yahweh puts an end to wars over the whole wide world, he breaks the bow, he snaps the spear, shields he burns in the fire. Be still and acknowledge that I am God, supreme over nations, supreme over the world. (Psalm 46: 9-10) It is with these words that the South Sudanese Council of Churches begins its statement concerning the situation in Juba and South Sudan which was read on South Sudanese national radio
Church leaders in South Sudan have appealed for calm after the country was rocked by an outbreak of violence, which has killed more than 300 people, and forced thousands to flee the fighting. Clashes began on Thursday between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and soldiers who support the vice-president, Riek Machar. After a lull on Saturday, when the country was to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its independence from Sudan, fighting flared again yesterday (Sunday) and today, raising fears of a return to all-out civil war.
We thank you for sharing in our grief, in the past days, at the painful and tragic loss of Sister Veronika, Theresia Racková, SSpS. Sr Veronika was born in Slovakia on 8th January 1958. She made her first vows in the Mission Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit in 1987 and final vows in 1994. She was a medical doctor with specialization in tropical diseases. She has worked as a missionary in Ghana. She served as Provincial Leader of the Province of Slovakia from 2004-2010.
Sister Veronica Rackova, a Slovak member of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Spirit, who was shot and seriously wounded in South Sudan, has died. Sr Veronica was allegedly shot by the Sudan People Liberation Army soldiers on Monday 16 May. Sister Veronica died on 20 May at the Nairobi Hospital in Kenya, where she had been flown on Monday morning for specialised emergency treatment. Around midnight on the day of the attack, Sr Veronica received an emergency call from a woman who had complications giving birth,
Catholic Bishops of Sudan and South Sudan, in a pastoral letter, have said that the suffering and misery caused by "insecurity and wars" must end. "People are hurting beyond bearable proportions. This unacceptable situation cannot go on forever," they said in a statement after meeting in Rome last month. The conflict that erupted in South Sudan two years ago, according to the UN, has left 6.4million people in need of emergency aid, 1.7 million people without homes to return to, and more than 640,000 South Sudanese living as refugees in neighbouring
On 15 December 2013, less than 30 months after the country won its independence, violence broke out when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy, Riek Machar, of plotting a coup. In the fighting that followed, tens of thousands of people have died and roughly a fifth of the population has been displaced, leading to warnings of severe food crisis in certain areas. A peace agreement reached this August has been very fragile, with areas still experiencing fighting, but the recent arrival in the capital, Juba, of opposition
Religious leaders in South Sudan warned that thousands of internal refugees could starve or fall dangerously ill unless a ceasefire stops heavy fighting in the country's Mundri region. Following a visit to the crisis-hit area, members of the Inter-Faith Council for Peace in Western Equatoria described how those who had fled the conflict were now living rough. A statement by the council read: "As we speak people are already dying, and in particular children and elderly people. During the past two months more than 80,000 people had been forced to live in the bush and the jungle
An alert released by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) highlights food security in parts of South Sudan has deteriorated to 'catastrophic' and 'emergency' levels, says Christian Aid. The alert, based on results endorsed by the Government of South Sudan, calls for immediate humanitarian action to prevent famine in South Sudan. The report suggests that 3.9 million people are now considered to be severely food insecure, with 30,000 classified as 'catastrophic' and facing extreme conditions.
Christians took to the streets of Juba, the capital of South Sudan yesterday, demanding an immediate end to civil war which has continued for 19 months. The demonstrators, mainly women, carried placards with various messages "we hate war", "yes to peace", "No to tribes, we are one people". The participants at the march, organised by the Sudan Council of Churches National Women Program, also demanded the end of violence in the state of Western Equatoria, where dozens of people were reported dead in the capital, Yambo, after clashes between members of the Azande and Dinka tribes.
People from South Sudan are being driven to starvation as a result of ongoing conflict - according to a Catholic charity which carried out a fact-finding visit to Africa's youngest country. Aid to the Church in Need, describes in a report on South Sudan how displaced people in the north-east - have been so hungry they have had to scavenge for grass and berries. One of the nearly 20,000 registered civilians seeking protection in the United Nations Mission in Unity and Upper Nile states told the charity they felt they had been abandoned.
South Sudan marks the fourth anniversary of its independence on 9 July. While the country faced enormous development challenges after separating from Sudan, it was a time of great hope - but today the world's newest nation is facing a humanitarian catastrophe. The civil war that broke out in December 2013 has killed tens of thousands of people, driven 1.5 million from their homes, and left millions more in urgent need of life-saving aid. Fighting has intensified over the last few months, especially in Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states, cutting off many areas from
Increased fighting in South Sudan's Unity State has forced a Christian Aid partner in the area to stop temporarily giving aid to those in desperate need. There are reports of targeted attacks on civilians, rapes and child abduction as the conflict heats up once more. People are fleeing their homes again and moving into swampland to escape the violence. They are compelled to eat wild food and drink dirty swamp water. The risk of disease, malaria and malnutrition is high.
CAFOD and Trocaire are gravely concerned about the attack on the town of Melut in South Sudan. The international aid agencies have been forced to withdraw their staff and halt their life-saving humanitarian work with vulnerable communities who have been caught up in nearly two years of conflict between government and opposition forces. Jane Andanje, Country Representative for CAFOD and Trocaire, gave the following report: "We have three staff bunkered inside the UN compound in Melut, and our staff report that there is the constant sound of shelling
The Auxiliary Bishop of Juba in South Sudan, Bishop Santo Loku Pio says that the Archdiocese of Juba plans to open 25 new parishes, in addition to the existing 14. This is according to information given to Vatican Radio by South Sudan’s Catholic Radio Network (CRN). Bishop Loku Pio revealed this at the weekend, during the official opening of a new parish, dedicated to Mary Queen of the Apostles at Gurei along Juba-Yambio road. At the gathering, Bishop Loku Pio encouraged the faithful to work hard to help the diocesan administration
A bishop has warned that more Sudanese Christians could suffer severe violations of human rights – like Mariam Ibrahim – stating that their legal protection in the country has been taken away. Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of Tombura-Yambio, in neighbouring South Sudan, described the "worrying" legal situation of Christians since his country seceded from Sudan in July 2011. Stressing concerns for fellow clergy in particular, Bishop Hiiboro said: "In Sudan bishops and priests have been living de facto as illegals since
As South Sudan marks its third anniversary of independence on 9 July, CAFOD warns that the country is teetering on the brink of catastrophe as it faces its worst food crisis in 25 years, brought about by the ongoing conflict. CAFOD’s Country Representative, Jane Andanje, said: “This is the rainy season and farmers across the country should be planting, ready to harvest in a few months time. Instead they have been forced to abandon their fields because of the fighting, and are living in squalid conditions in makeshift camps.
Fears are mounting that a cholera outbreak in and around Juba, which has already killed nine people and reportedly infected another 188, will spread among tens of thousands of people still living in over-crowded, unsanitary camps as the rainy season approaches. The outbreak in Juba began several weeks ago, with World Health Organisation (WHO) reports suggesting that it has already spread beyond the city to other parts of Central Equatoria state. Several new cases have since been recorded in Jonglei and Upper Nile states,
Bishop William Kenney has called for an end to the violence and suffering in South Sudan, after visiting the country. His message comes after the disturbing news of violence in the Bentiu region, that has left hundreds of women, children and men who had sought refuge in a hospital, a Mosque and a Catholic church, dead. “While the warring factions delay in finding a lasting solution to this conflict, ordinary people have been catapulted into dire suffering, unable to return to their homes and farm their land, they are now crammed into church and UN compounds,
Leading church leaders in South Sudan have called for greater urgency regarding delayed peace negotiations in Addis Ababa, as faith-based humanitarian agencies warn of an impending food crisis. In just four months, more than one million people have been displaced from their homes and an estimated 4.9 million are currently in need of humanitarian assistance, yet the crisis response plan is still only 36 per cent funded. In their latest pastoral statement, the ecumenical church leaders of South Sudan strongly condemn
Entire swathes of a region in South Sudan have been abandoned by the local people who – according to their Church leader – have fled for their lives following a brutal attack carried out during a so-called ceasefire. Monsignor Roko Taban, Apostolic Administrator of Malakal, described how a mass evacuation had been carried out across parts of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states following violence involving rebel forces under Riek Machar, South Sudan’s former vice president.
An estimated seven million South Sudanese are at risk of severe food insecurity this year, with the UN Security Council now warning that the deteriorating humanitarian situation and continuing violence could result in famine at the beginning of 2015. Humanitarian agencies, including Christian Aid's local partners, are struggling in a battle against time to access remote areas of the country where people are most in need before the rainy season arrives in late March or early April.
Cardinal-elect Archbishop Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, has written to His Eminence Cardinal Gabriel Zubayr Wako, Archbishop of Khartoum, to echo the call for peace in South Sudan. Clashes in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, erupted just before Christmas. The violence has left thousands dead and displaced hundreds of thousands more. Writing on behalf of the Bishops of England and Wales
Recent violence in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, has left scores of people dead and several others injured. Thousands of people sought refuge inside the United Nations building in the city, and hundreds more at St Theresa’s Catholic Cathedral. The situation remains very fluid and fears of further violence remain high. Tensions have been rising in South Sudan - the world's youngest country - since President Kiir dismissed his entire cabinet, including his deputy Riek Machar, in July of this year.
Church leaders in Juba, South Sudan, issued a grave warning today as fighting has intensified and the state capital has fallen in to rebel hands. "The country is heading for a really dangerous direction, toward a kind of ethnic conflict although it should be pointed out that the ethnic issue is being exploited for the purpose of power", local church sources from South Sudan told Fides. For days the country has been devastated by clashes between military units loyal to President Salva Kiir and those rebels who support former Vice President Riek Machar.
Tributes have been paid to a Sudanese bishop who survived a dozen or more death threats while serving a people who suffered so much during the country's long and bloody civil war. Bishop Johnson Akio Mutek was laid to rest on Friday (22 March) in his Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul, Torit, a building devastated by ongoing bombing of the area during Sudan's 1983-2005 civil war. Years of strain helping his people survive sustained military assault inevitably weakened the bishop's health and last Monday, after two kidney transplants in India, Bishop Akio died suddenly
Today marks the second anniversary of the delayed referendum on the future of Abyei, the oil-rich region that is an ongoing source of dispute between Sudan and South Sudan. According to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended Sudan’s decades-long civil war, a referendum on self determination to allow the people of Abyei to determine whether they would stay part of Sudan or join South Sudan was meant to have occurred in tandem with South Sudan’s own plebiscite on independence, which took place on 9 January 2011.
SCIAF today announced the appointment of its new Director, Patricia Chalé, as she met with the Board of Directors, with the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland and with staff in SCIAF’s Glasgow office. Patricia Chalé who became the first executive director of Caritas Westminster in May this year, begins her new job on 1 December. SCIAF is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in Scotland. It works in some of the poorest countries in the world including the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Haiti and Burma.
Catholic and Anglican Bishops have urged the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to work for a peaceful solution to their disputes. In a joint message on the first anniversary of the independence of South Sudan, Mgr Paulino Lukudu Loro, Catholic Archbishop of Juba, and Mgr Daniel Deng Bul, Episcopal Archbishop of Juba and Primate of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, said: "The relations between the governments of Sudan and Southern Sudan have deteriorated to an unacceptable level.
Fighting between northern and southern Sudan are having serious consequences on the Christian community living in Khartoum and other Sudanese areas, churches sources are reporting. "During demonstrations to protest the occupation of Heglig by South Sudanese troops, the voice of extremists was heard, inciting people to attack Christian places of worship
Church sources in South Sudan have expressed grave concern that a new war will break out in the region soon unless the UN intervene. Tension between Sudan and South Sudan is rising after the occupation of Heglig, oil area claimed by both States, by the troops of South Sudan, and Khartoum's air force raids on some parts of South Sudan. Another dispute is over Abyei,
An urgent plea for peace in Sudan has come from a leading bishop amid reports that within one month 25,000 people have fled to Ethiopia to escape the fighting. Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Adwok of Khartoum described how in Sudan’s Blue Nile State, on the border with South Sudan, entire villages and towns lay virtually deserted after people fled aerial bombardments. Amid no sign of an end to the fighting between Government of Sudan armed forces and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement
Comboni Missionary, Bishop Cesare Mazzolari, 74, died of a heart attack on Saturday morning while celebrating Mass. Msgr Mazzolari, the Bishop of Rumbek in the newly-formed South Sudan devoted much of his life to building peace in the region. He rescued child soldiers and bought slaves in order to set them free.
The creation of South Sudan as a country in its own right is a "miracle", according to a leading bishop. But he also warned of the challenges ahead as the nation comes into being. In a pastoral letter issued to coincide with official independence of South Sudan on Saturday (9th July), Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala paid tribute to the sufferings of Sudanese, especially during more than 20 years of civil war.
"Tomorrow, 9 July, the new Republic of South Sudan will be proclaimed in the city of Juba. For this solemn occasion, the Holy Father has sent an official delegation headed by Cardinal John Njue, archbishop of Nairobi and president of the Kenya Episcopal Conference. The delegation, which will also include Archbishop Leo Boccardi, apostolic nuncio to Sudan, and Msgr Javier Herrera Corona,
South Sudan achieves its independence on Saturday 9 July 2011, and the new president has received congratulations and an assurance of continued solidarity from the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC). In a letter dated 7 July on behalf of the WCC,
Representatives of the Christian churches and Muslim minority prayed together for peace among all ethnic groups and faiths, at a meeting in the centre of Juba on Friday. The country officially becomes independent from Khartoum on 9 July. “Diversity must be a source of strength and not conflict”, said Father José Vieira, a Comboni missionary and
More than 60,000 people have been forced from their homes by fighting in South Kordofan, in the border region between north Sudan, and the soon to be formed Republic of South Sudan. Caritas fears a humanitarian crisis is rapidly developing due to the conflict and a lack of access to the affected population by the humanitarian community.
A humanitarian crisis is developing in South Sudan on the eve of the new country's independence on 9 July, the Comboni missionaries report. They say a trade embargo imposed by Khartoum is causing shortages, and outbreaks of violence are bring uncertainty and fear.
Outbreaks of violence in key regions of South Sudan will not block the path to independence, according to a Catholic leader who has called on the government to address the "root causes" of the conflict. Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Adwok Kur of Khartoum highlighted the "large amounts of violent incidents"
Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of Tombura-Yambio, South Sudan, has called for renewed prayer and support as independence from the North looks increasingly likely. Official results of the long-awaited poll are not due until next month but early indications have already shown majority support for secession and the creation of a new country of South Sudan,