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OIL PRODUCTION IN SOUTH SUDAN: MAKING IT A BENEFIT FOR ALL

30 August 2014 – The Justice and Peace Commission of the Diocese of Malakal has conducted a baseline assessment to understand the impacts of the oil production on some of the communities in South Sudan’s states of Upper Nile and Unity. The research was conducted in partnership with Cordaid, a Netherland based NGO working with churches and non-church partners for civil society capacity strengthening, and with the Upper Nile Youth Development Association (UNYDA), a local network of young women and men from counties in conflicts, post-conflicts and vulnerable counties.

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POLICE, MOTORISTS RESPONSIBLE FOR JUBA ROAD CARNAGE

30 August 2014 – (Alfred Geri – Published on 29 August 2014 at gurtong.net) - In recent times, global rankings have consistently cast a negative image on South Sudan which generally attains dismal scores in such areas as educational attainment, health indicators as well as in democracy and good governance. Last year the country was rated as a “failed state,” much to the annoyance of the government.

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SCHOLARS: BOKO HARAM CALIPHATE CLAIM MAY BE INSPIRED BY ISIS

29 August 2014 - (Catholic News Agency) - The Islamist extremist group Boko Haram’s claim to have established a caliphate – or a state ruled under Islamic law – in part of Nigeria draws inspiration from ISIS insurgents and from a desire for more world attention, said experts. Boko Haram has claimed that Gwoza town in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno state is now under an Islamic caliphate, Agence France Presse reports. However, the meaning of the declaration is unclear.

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DIOCESE OF MALAKAL HOLDS CONSULTATION WORKSHOP ON JUSTICE AND PEACE

29 August 2014 – The Justice and Peace Commission of the Diocese of Malakal conducted a two days consultation workshop on Justice and Peace. The workshop took place in Juba, South Sudan, from 28-29th August 2014. A good number of church personnel and some non-church personnel from the national healing and reconciliation committee have attended this forum.

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SUCCESS IS POSSIBLE AFTER EARLY SCHOOL DROP OUT

28 August 2014 - (Article published by Jok P. Mayom at Gurtong on 25 August 2014) - South Sudanese Muding Annet Turo describes how she overcame the challenges of her early life through the creation of a handicraft project known as the ‘Lady Lomin Project’. Ms. Turo dropped out of school four years ago as a 16 year-old, and is the mother of two children. She said: “I am very glad through the project as per now I manage to pay my children in primary schools”, she said, proudly adding: “One child is in Rivibal Talent Academy Nursery and Primary School in Kajokeji, while the other in Comboni Primary School in Kajokeji”.

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TIMELINE: VIOLENCE AGAINST CHURCHES IN SOUTH SUDAN

29 August 2014 - (Radio Tamazuj) - Several churches and church institutions have been attacked since the outbreak of conflict in South Sudan between two warring factions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). South Sudan has a mixed population of Christians, Muslims and practitioners of native religions. Many churches in the country were established after 2005, when the Islamist NCP party lost power to SPLM, a secular party with Marxist origins.

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