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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TOUCHED BY THE TESTIMONY OF ST. DANIEL COMBONI AND HIS MISSIONARIES: LIVES LIVED AT THE SERVICE OF CHRIST AMONG THE POOREST

By Komakech James Kenyi – Saint Daniel Comboni is to me such an extraordinary missionary with an inspiring vision and holistic missionary approach. He heroically managed to fulfil his dream to serve the people of the Vicariate of Central Africa and those who inherited his Charism carry on his mission. At the very beginning of his missionary endeavour Comboni used […]

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SOUTH SUDAN: A CUP OF TEA

By Bill Firman – The basic things we need for daily living we often simply assume they will be there. Not so in South Sudan where very little can be taken for granted. When I first came to South Sudan in 2009, I lived in Malakal. Most people there cooked on charcoal but we were lucky enough to be able […]

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VERY BASIC PROBLEMS IN SOUTH SUDAN

By Bill Firman – The fighting, the killing, the raping, the savagery of the civil war in South Sudan, make the headline news but among the quiet and peaceful, general populace there are some very basic problems facing the people, especially those who live in the PoC camps or the large towns. Powdered milk, tea, coffee, sugar and all kinds […]

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COMBONI MISSION IN SOUTH SUDAN: ‘WE CONTINUE TO WORK AS MISSIONARIES IN EXILE’

Fr. Jesus Aranda is a Comboni missionary working among South Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda. Fr. Aranda and other three missionaries were initially based in Kajo-Keji County, South Sudan, under the Catholic Diocese of Yei. These four Comboni missionaries and the people they evangelise have been forced to leave their parish and mission due to armed conflicts and insecurity in […]

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