Justice, Peace and Sustainability Weekly Announcement
June 29, 2017
Pray and Act for South Sudan
South Sudan gained independence on July 9, 2011, as the outcome of a 2005 peace agreement that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war. However, independence did not bring conflict to an end. According to the U.N. Development Report, more than 3.5 million people have been displaced and 7.5 million need emergency aid as a result of South Sudan’s three-year-old civil conflict. Oil revenues have declined, farming and business activities have halted in many areas and inflation has soared. The number of people classified as “severely food insecure” is expected to reach 5.5 million by July 2017, and more than 1 million children are acutely malnourished. The world’s youngest country is now on the brink of mass starvation.
As we approach the sixth anniversary of South Sudan’s Independence, IHM Sisters Joan Mumaw and Annette St- Amour offer a prayer service for the people of South Sudan created by Friends of Solidarity. Joan writes, “Prayer may be the most important intervention we can make at this time in the history of South Sudan. May the energy of the Spirit touch the hearts of leaders in that country that they may work for peace and not war. May this same energy give courage to the people caught up in the violence that surrounds them.” To download the prayer service, go to the IHM South Sudan Resource Page.
Then, click here to send a message (using the Presbyterian Church USA’s e-advocacy site) to your members of Congress and the Trump administration asking them to work with the international community to put increased pressure on the armed actors to halt the conflict, provide humanitarian access and bring stability back to South Sudan.