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CHURCH LEADERS ISSUE A STATEMENT ON THE RECENT VIOLENCE IN WAU: ‘TRUST IN GOD, WHO SAVES’

29 June 2016 – South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) has issued a statement this Tuesday, 28 June, on the recent violent events that occurred last weekend in Wau, South Sudan’s Western Bahr al Ghazal State.

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SITUATION IN WAU HAS BEEN MORE PEACEFUL AFTER A CRITICAL OUTBREAK OF VIOLENCE OVER THE WEEKEND

28 June 2016 – Wau town in South Sudan has witnessed much violence and instability last weekend. Intermittent shooting and artillery fire were heard in the surroundings for most of the day last Saturday. Multiple eyewitnesses confirmed reports of looting, civilian casualties and mass displacement.

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THE HIDDEN POOR

20 June 2016 – (By Bill Firman) - Last week, Information Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, in a televised statement on the state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation publicly admitted that the government is broken and has no money to pay for both public and civil servants. He called on the civil servants, who have not been paid for three months, ‘to remain patient as the government tries to find a way to get money’, but added that they will not be able to get paid for their past arrears. The flow-on effects of such unpaid salaries are potentially devastating.

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CHURCH ORGANISATION ISSUES AN ORAL STATEMENT ON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN SOUTH SUDAN

25 June 2016 – VIVAT International, a New York-based Church Organisation that focuses on issues dealing with human rights, particularly in the areas of women, poverty eradication, sustainable development, and the culture of peace, has issued an oral statement on South Sudan at the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council.

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THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF SOUTH SUDAN ISSUE A MESSAGE OF HOPE AND ENCOURAGEMENT: ‘DO NOT BE AFRAID: RISE ABOVE ADVERSITY!’

16 June 2016 – The Catholic Bishops of South Sudan gathered in Juba from 14th-16th have issued a message of hope and encouragement to all South Sudanese. The bishops say that “now is the time for the government and all citizens to work together for the future. Do not indulge in destructive criticism; instead roll up your sleeves and get to work to build a new nation for ourselves, our children and our children's children.”

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‘HE WANTED ME TO BE IN THE MISSION’: THE EXPERIENCE OF A MISSIONARY PRIEST AND HIS MISSIONARY FATHER

23 June 2016 – Fr. Fernando González Galarza, a Comboni Missionary working in South Sudan’s Catholic mission, has made a reflection on the passing of his beloved father, Antonio González Palacios, on 21 June 2016 in his home country, Mexico. Fr. Galarza loved his father so much, but has not been able to attend his father’s funeral. In his reflection Fr. Galarza points out that he has been in the place his father Antonio would have wanted him to be: “in the mission and following the call Jesus made him to be a Comboni Missionary”.

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