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Pastoral Message from the South Sudan Bishops’ Meeting
The Catholic bishops of South Sudan met in Juba from Feb., 26-28 2019 and issued this Pastoral Message. In it they address current peacemaking efforts in South Sudan.

Prayer for Peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Prayer in conjunction with a prayer service in Rome lead by Pope Francis on Nov. 23, 2017.

Prayer for South Sudan Commemorating Independence Day (July  9)
Friends in Solidarity has created a prayer service for South Sudan’s independence day.

Active Nonviolence: A Way to Build Lasting Peace in South Sudan
By the Religious  Superiors Association of South Sudan, April 28, 2017
“A message of nonviolence from Consecrated Life to our religious communities, the churches and the people of South Sudan, to our friends and supporters and all people of good will.”

“This Kind Can Only Be Cast Out Through Prayer and Fasting”
Joan Mumaw, IHM, and Cathy Arata, SSND
This update on South Sudan was written for the July 2016 edition of the LCWR newsletter.

Lent to Pentecost 2016: In the Jubilee of Mercy
Solidarity with South Sudan, 2016
This Lenten reflection resource, created by IHM Sister Annette St. Amour and the Pastoral Teams of South Sudan, spans from Ash Wednesday through Pentecost and is linked to the year of mercy. (The booklet prints best double-sided flipping on the short edge of the paper.)

We Can Make Peace : Reflections for Advent
Solidarity With South Sudan, Nov. 2015
This reflection resource, created by the Pastoral Teams of Solidarity with South Sudan, spans from the first Sunday in Advent to the Baptism of Jesus.  It can be printed double sided and folded into a booklet. Click here to download the cover.

Dying and Rising In Christ: We are Called to Heal, Hope and Build Our Nation
Pastoral Teams of South Sudan, February 2015
This Lenten reflection resource, created by IHM Sister Annette St. Amour and the Pastoral Teams of South Sudan, spans from Ash Wednesday through Pentecost.  It can be printed double sided and folded into a booklet. Click here to download the cover.

Sister Solicits Support for Nursing School in South Sudan
Catholic Health Association, Feb. 15, 2015
An article about IHM Sister Joan Mumaw’s work as U.S. liaison for Solidarity with South Sudan.

Go Deeper
Solidarity With South Sudan, Jan. 30, 2015
The Catholic Bishops of South Sudan have asked the leaders of South Sudan to do everything possible to stop the war and killing in the country. In their message, the Bishops declared that it is evil for any party to use continuing violence to try to further their political agenda.

A country without an education
By Sister Joan Mumaw, January 2015

Educating Teachers in South Sudan
By Br. Bill Firman, Solidarity with South Sudan, October 2014
An update from the Executive Director on Solidarity’s work educating teachers in South Sudan.

South Sudan Resource Page
By Joan Mumaw, IHM , U.S. Catholic Mission Association, Summer 2014 p.1-3
An update on South Sudan

As a Man-Made Famine Looms, Christmas Comes Early to South Sudan
Nick Turse, TomDispatch, Aug. 7, 2014
President Obama pledged US partnership to South Sudan, emphasizing security and development. There’s little evidence of either of these at the UN camps, and even less in vast areas of the countryside now teetering on the edge of a catastrophic famine.

Anyone Who Can Carry a Gun Can Go: The role of the White Army in the current conflict in South Sudan
Ingrid Marie Breidlid and Michael J. Arensen, Peace Research Institute of Oslo, 2014
Brutal targeting of civilians along ethnic lines has resulted in condemnation by the international community. The involvement of armed civilians in carrying out such atrocities, and their relations with the rebel forces and conventional army, are poorly understood. Based on extensive field research, this report focuses on Nuer civilians who are fighting on the side of the SPLM/A-in-Opposition in the current civil war, popularly known as the White Army.

The Folly of Fighting
By Br. Bill Firman, FSC, Solidarity With South Sudan, May 27, 2014

South Sudan: New Nation, Old Problems
Photo blog by writer and photographer  Paul Jeffery.

OP-ED: Violence Leaves Women, Girls, and Young People on the Edge in South Sudan
By Julitta Onabanjo, IPS,  May  27, 2014
As with many conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies around the world, those who suffer the most are women, young girls and children. The current terrible crisis in South Sudan is no exception.

RSASS Message of Solidarity, Peace and Hope – May 2014
A message from the Religous Superiors’ Association of South Sudan

South Sudan Human Rights Commission (SSHRC)
Interim Report on South Sudan Internal Conflict – Dec. 15, 2013-March 15, 2014

Refounding our Nation on a new Covenant
Handout from Pastoral Commission SCBC-SSS with a prayer for unity in South Sudan and quotes from the Pastoral Exhortation of the Catholic Bishops of Sudan and South Sudan issued Jan. 30, 2014.

Letters from South Sudan
A blog of the National Catholic Reporter by Chris Herlinger

Solidarity with South Sudan
Solidarity with South Sudan (Solidarity) is a consortium of more than 200 religious congregations. Solidarity trains teachers, nurses and pastoral personnel in several locations throughout South Sudan. IHM Sisters Joan Mumaw and Annette St. Amour currently minister with Solidarity in United States and in South Sudan.

Life Goes On More or Less
Feb. 14, 2014 update from Solidarity Executive Director, Br. Bill Firman

South Sudan: Shattered Dreams
IRIN, 2014
South Sudan has been split by a political crisis that has caused widespread violence throughout the country, dividing communities, killing thousands, and causing the displacement of over half a million people. IRIN (a humanitarian news-service of the U.N.) has created three (5 minute) videos which provide an excellent summary of the situation in South Sudan.