MUSHROOM LEADERSHIP

By Bill Firman – SSS – There are many different styles of Leadership. In 1978, I read a parable in a Hong Kong newspaper that caught my attention and I have used it many times since in talking about leadership. At that time the Soviet Union had been led by only four General Secretaries, or Presidents, who held the positions […]

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POSITIVE OUTLOOK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE MISSION: A NEW EVANGELIZATION FOR THE SECOND MILLENNIUM

By Fr. Antonio La Braca – During the annual assembly of the Comboni missionaries in South Sudan in January this year, I had the impression that we breathed air of failure and sadness: 46 Comboni communities to close, merging of provinces, decline in finances, decrease in numbers, Comboni missionaries in closure. It is to be told to confreres, even of […]

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ENCOUNTER WITH THE WALKING NATION

By Lily Grace – The political and economic situation in South Sudan has left many people vulnerable to famine and sickness. We are faced with a reality that shows a devastating situation of helplessness. We have become a walking nation of wounded and suffering humanity not by choice but by circumstance. Every day, streams of young and old people struggle […]

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THE CRY OF THE POOR IS THE CRY OF GOD

By Mario Pellegrino – I cannot forget what I have experienced the day I arrived in Nyal, the village where I live and work as a missionary in South Sudan. When I got off the UN helicopter that does humanitarian air service in the country, I was immediately attracted by joyful songs and dances performed by many people who crowded […]

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FINDING HOPE IN A HOPELESS SITUATION: IMPRESSIONS OF A PASTORAL VISIT TO WAR-DISPLACED COMMUNITIES IN SOUTH SUDAN

By James Komakech Kenyi – Fighting between government (SPLA) and armed opposition (SPLA-IO) forces in and around South Sudan’s Kajo-Keji County has made more than 100,000 people to flee to Uganda. Tens of thousands are living as internally displaced persons (IDPs) near the border between the two countries. As conflict intensified in the area early this year, Kajo-Keji’s population left […]

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LIVING IN INHUMAN CONDITIONS AND WITH UNCERTAINTIES ABOUT THE FUTURE: THE IMPACTS OF SOUTH SUDAN’S CIVIL WAR ON CHILDREN

By Phillip Andruga – The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has 54 articles which cover all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. For instance, in Article 19 of the Convention it is stated that “all children have the right […]

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