South Sudan: Bringing hope
South Sudan gained independence in 2011 but continues to suffer. Violence and poverty keep ravaging the country and refugees from neighbouring Sudan can still not return. In February, famine was declared in South Sudan as 100,000 people face starvation and 1 million are on the brink of starvation. 

More than 3.5 million South Sudanese have been displaced which makes it the largest displacement crises of the African continent. Coupled with the economic crisis (inflation rated at more than 800%) this has created a humanitarian crisis in South Sudan of unprecedented proportions. 

Support of the local population and the Sudanese refugees is needed more than ever. In the midst of all these challenges JRS South Sudan continues investing in education, psychosocial and pastoral activities in Yambio and Maban. They provide education as a protection measure to avoid force conscription and preventing early marriage, but also to prepare the future generation to learn how to settle disputes through dialogue and negotiation rather than violence and arms. They offer psychosocial support in order to help people heal from the wounds of trauma and overcome adversities. There are pastoral activities to celebrate life in the midst of so much death and devastation and proclaim that God has not abandoned God's people. 

On Sunday, April 23rd, 12 brave runners participated in the London Marathon. They pounded 26.2 miles of pavement to raise JRS funds to invest in education and peace in one of the world's most volatile countries. 

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To learn about the team of runners, please click here.

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