We go inside what is happening in the troubled country of South Sudan. Through the eyes of Achol Majok Sur a South Sudanese woman who attended a recent Presbyterian Church U.S.A. conference with people from 15 other countries who discussed peace. Achol is an ordained deaconess in the South Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Video overview of peacemaking program visits by International Peacemakers https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/peacemaking/international-peacemakers/
More than a year after a peace agreement was signed to end South Sudan’s crippling civil war, the levels of violence are escalating and humanitarian conditions in the country continue to deteriorate. The United Nations humanitarian affairs agency OCHA reported in mid-2016 that civilians continued to be killed and subjected to egregious human rights violations. Violent attacks on humanitarian workers and health care workers in general are also on the increase. Hostility levels are high and tension in the country continues to grow as confidence ebbs that a meaningful peace can be found. As a direct result of the war, millions of people are at-risk of starvation.
Here is the story from someone living inside South Sudan. Achol shares about starvation and the struggle for survival and the hope she finds in knowing that we are all members of Christ’s body the Church. I Corinthians 12:12-26 Click on the audio button …
Pittsburgh Presbytery’s International Partnership Ministry Team heard a stirring report from the Rev. Jim Leuenberger recently on the conditions faced by our sisters and brothers in South Sudan.
As the crisis in South Sudan continues to spiral out of control, the country is in urgent need of assistance, both political and humanitarian. The Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) recently reported that the youngest country in the world has 7.6 million people in need of aid. Only two-thirds of the funding request for aid has been received. There are currently 4 million displaced people with two million having fled to neighboring countries.
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As the crisis in South Sudan continues to spiral out of control, the country is in urgent need of assistance – both political and humanitarian. The Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) recently reported that the world’s youngest country has 7.6 million people in need of aid.
Thanks to the Rev. Jim Leuenberger of McKeesport Presbyterian Church for arranging the interview with Alchol.
Passages Lite is an edited on-line version of interviews with people of hope and faith that will be prepared for an expanded radio use heard on over 200+ stations each weekend.
Host for this special peacemaking version of Passages is Pam Merry an elder/church member at Crestview Community Church PCUSA in Callery, PA.
Executive Producer is the Rev. Dennis C. Benson and Associate Producers are Gregg Hartung and Bill Wolfe. It is a gift from your Presbyterian and United Methodist friends.
It is a production of the Presbyterian Media Mission.
Our prayers are with our friends from South Sudan and the other 15 International Peacemakers from around the world!