Latest South Sudan News - March 2021
- Continuing conflict with reports of cattle raids, revenge killings and unprovoked attacks have come from many locations; local fighting has escalated in both frequency and violence, and can include burning houses, rape and kidnapping.
- Negotiations for peace: A week-long conference sponsored by the Sant-Egidio Community of Rome, held in Naivasha, Kenya between South Sudan government representatives and the Opposition Alliance has resulted in both parties signing a Declaration of Principles. This should form the basis for political dialogue to resolve the root causes of the civil war.
- Wild fire has broken out around Maridi which has caused significant destruction to crops and people’s homes.
The Story of South Sudan
After many years of war, South Sudan achieved independence from the north in 2011. Sadly, civil and tribal war broke out and many people have been driven from their homes and land, with over four million now living as refugees. More than half of these have fled to camps in other countries. Conditions in the refugee camps are poor, with each family being allocated a small plot of land and a tarpaulin to form a roof over their mud hut. Cooking has to be done over an open fire but there is a shortage of firewood. Water is pumped from the River Nile and chlorinated before being delivered to the camps. The ground often floods, there are very few schools and no jobs. These conditions lead to poor physical and mental health. A peace agreement was signed in the summer of 2018 and people are beginning to be optimistic about returning home to South Sudan but there is some way to go before it is safe to do so.