PRESS STATEMENT BY THE SUDAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE FOR SUDAN AND SOUTH SUDAN (SCBC)

Yambio,  June, 06th 2017 Your Eminence, Your Grace, Your Lordship, Very Rev. Monsignors, Fathers, Religious Brothers & Sisters, the faithful and entire people of South Sudan, “May they all be one just like I and the Father are one John: 17:21” South Sudan is the newest country in the whole world, having attained its independence …

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An overview: South Sudan’s civil war

Note to the reader: This blog post is intended for readers who desire a short introduction to current affairs in South Sudan. The text is an adaptation of a brief originally written in Norwegian and titled “Sør-Sudan: fra fest til katastrofe”. That brief is intended for a secondary school audience and was published in May… Read more »

Statement on active nonviolence

The Religious Superiors’ Association of South Sudan (RSASS) released a statement on April 28 on active nonviolence as a way to build lasting peace in South Sudan. In this statement, RSASS acknowledges that South Sudan is entrenched in violence and in a deep economic and humanitarian crisis. Despite this, RSASS encourages the people of South Sudan …

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Shielded Communities

By Faith Kasina The hour-long trek with the first glimmers of dawn is still very vivid in her mind. “By five o’clock each morning, my sisters and I were already on the road, walking to the community water pan to collect water,” narrates Teresa Arot from Lowareng’ak area, north of Turkana. “All the women used […]

The pipes of Gwado Ayoker

There is a document held in the Pitt Rivers Museum collections called ‘Reflections of Cultural Artifacts and History: the case of the Shilluk pipe’ written by Kunijwok Gwado Ayoker, while he was at Wolfson College, Oxford in the 1980s. It is a short essay about the cultural significance of pipes and smoking in Shilluk culture – … Continue reading The pipes of Gwado Ayoker

Prayer for Peace in South Sudan

From the beginning of the civil clashes in December 2013, in South Sudan there is a season of endless violence. In these months of attacks, people have been displaced, brutalised, raped. Thousands of South Sudaneses decided to migrate in the nearest countries. For the ones who remain in their country the situation is unbearable without …

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‘South Sudan-Ization’ replaced long decade Great Horn of Africa: ‘Somalization’

~ Biar D’Chol Biar ~ For the past decades in the continent of Africa, the talks heavily focused on ‘Somalization.’ A term absurdly and ridiculously coined to describe Somalia as nation that disintegrates and becomes ‘lawless’ nation, due to her bitter internecine war. ‘Somalization’ has been on Africans’ lips for many years, that: “Somalia is […]

‘South Sudan-Ization’ replaced long decade Great Horn of Africa: ‘Somalization’

~ Biar D’Chol Biar ~ For the past decades in the continent of Africa, the talks heavily focused on ‘Somalization.’ A term absurdly and ridiculously coined to describe Somalia as nation that disintegrates and becomes ‘lawless’ nation, due to her bitter internecine war. ‘Somalization’ has been on Africans’ lips for many years, that: “Somalia is […]

Website Launched

Welcome to the website for a new international research network connecting collections from South Sudan in European museums. Over the next 16 months, with funding from the AHRC, we will be running a series of workshops investigating the history and future of South Sudanese arts and heritage in museum collections. We will post updates and … Continue reading Website Launched

A shelter in the desert

Um al-Hassan al-Hawarriyya was an iron lady who subdued the desert. Owner of the first café on the 594-kilometre desert road between Dongola and Omdurman, linking Khartoum to northern states along the border with Egypt, al-Hassan became a leg…

Remembering a friend

John was 32 years old when he was killed in South Sudan’s capital Juba. “He was a heroic reporter and a leader, widely loved and embraced in his community,” said Nigel Ballard, Internews Director of Community Radio.
I met John in 2012, when he…