We stand with South Sudan

More than 3.3 million South Sudanese are currently displaced - the fastest-growing refugee population of the 2016, with an increase of 64 per cent during the second half of the year. Added to the famine and  the economic crisis (inflation rated at more than 800%) this has created a humanitarian crisis in South Sudan of unprecedented proportions. Millions of people go hungry and hundreds of thousands are at risks of dying of starvation unless the guns stop.

In the midst of many 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.

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South Sudan: Graduation Day - coming together, learning together
Maban, 27 July 2017 - This event was remarkable not because of the number of students, and not because of the patience they showed in the heat. It was remarkable, first, because this was a graduation ceremony –their graduation ceremony.
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South Sudan: Temporary Learning Spaces
Jamman, 26 June 2017 - I am Titus from Jammam. I came to Huffra because of the fighting between the opposition and the army in the Jammam area in 2015. When I came here, JRS made the decision to build a Temporary Learning Space (TLS) for us internally displaced persons (IDPs). Eventually, I joined TLS as a teacher.
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South Sudan: A senseless war
Maban, 21 April 2017 - We are devastated by the recent turn of events here in South Sudan. After five long decades of war with the north, South Sudan became independent in 2011. Soon after that, in December 2013, the current conflict, a full scale civil war this is threatening the very existence of the youngest nation in the world.
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South Sudan: Running for refugees
Rome, 19 April 2017 - South Sudan, a brand new country wracked by famine and riven by civil war, is a troubled place in north central Africa. It is a place close to my heart. The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) where I work has been providing education services to the southern Sudanese for 24 years. Since gaining its independence in 2011, South Sudan continues to suffer. 
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Uganda: A joint appeal to end violence in South Sudan
Kampala, 15 December 2016 - On the third anniversary of the outbreak of violence in South Sudan in December 2013, the Government of Uganda Office of the Prime Minister, six UN agencies and eleven humanitarian organisations in Uganda are appealing to the world to bring an end to the suffering of the South Sudanese people.
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South Sudan: Violence Fuels Humanitarian Crisis
Juba, 28 July, 2016 – 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 and are spreading to other states despite a fragile ceasefire in a country where half the population relies on humanitarian aid, ten aid agencies warned today.
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South Sudan: from Lost Boys to leaders
Juba, 8 January 2016 – In the late 1980's and early 1990's, more than 20,000 boys and girls who fled Sudan's second civil war lost their families along the way. For years the international community has called them the "Lost Boys", but today they are no longer boys nor are they lost. 
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South Sudan: I'm here just to be with you
Maban, 19 October 2015 – When bombs fell on the homes of hundreds of thousands in Blue Nile, Sudan, people ran with just the clothes on their backs, leaving all other worldly possessions behind. For those with severe medical or psychological conditions, such an event proved doubly stressful. 
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South Sudan: working toward peace through education
Nairobi, 8 October 2015 – The fundamental right of children to education is most at risk during emergencies. Humanitarian crises disrupt education and contribute to higher dropout and lower completion rates. When such emergencies result in displacement, the lack of access to quality education can negatively affect the ability of affected communities to recover and thrive.
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South Sudan: learning in emergencies
Maban, 10 August 2015 – In South Sudan's Upper Nile state, a student is more likely to find soldiers occupying their school than teachers preparing lessons. Sixty-three percent of schools are occupied by armed forces. Even more of a rare commodity than functioning school buildings are teachers themselves.
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