Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Kim Pozniak, Catholic Relief Services

7/9/2011 (3 years ago)

Catholic Relief Services (www.crs.org)

Like so many other nations before, the Republic of South Sudan suffered decades of war on its way to independence.

The streets of Juba are bustling as people from around the world arrive to celebrate the birth of a new nation: The Republic of South Sudan. Sidewalks are swept clean, smiling children practice songs and dances, workers at the airport patch the tarmac while the national choir practices the new national anthem.

Sudanese Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of the Diocese of Tombura-Yambio. During a recent visit to the United States, Sudanese Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala said, 'In the run-up to the referendum, there was much written about the bad scenarios leading to war. Because of the faith of the people, God blessed us with a peaceful referendum. And I believe, because of the people's commitment and faith, we can build a Sudan of peace.'

Sudanese Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of the Diocese of Tombura-Yambio. During a recent visit to the United States, Sudanese Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala said, "In the run-up to the referendum, there was much written about the bad scenarios leading to war. Because of the faith of the people, God blessed us with a peaceful referendum. And I believe, because of the people's commitment and faith, we can build a Sudan of peace."

Highlights

By Kim Pozniak, Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services (www.crs.org)

7/9/2011 (3 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: South Sudan, CRS, Africa


JUBA, Republic of South Sudan (CRS) - The streets of Juba are bustling as people from around the world arrive to celebrate the birth of a new nation: The Republic of South Sudan. Sidewalks are swept clean, smiling children practice songs and dances, workers at the airport patch the tarmac while the national choir practices the new national anthem.

Like so many other nations before, the Republic of South Sudan suffered decades of war on its way to independence.

The fighting finally ended with a peace agreement in 2005.

Still, many expected a renewal of violence. But this newest nation came to life against all odds when a peaceful and orderly referendum in January saw 98% of Southern Sudanese casting their votes for independence. The people of South Sudan now need Catholics in the United States to stand with them as they begin to build a better future.

Thankfully, a bright constellation of Catholic leaders is deeply engaged with bringing about a peaceful transition for the citizens in the South as well as the North.

"We are privileged to be among those called upon to help grow this nation," said Ken Hackett, president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), who was among the official United States delegation invited to witness the Independence Day ceremony.  CRS has provided relief to over one million people in Sudan for many years prior to and during the civil war.

Desmond Tutu, when he was Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, once said he was not surprised-as many were-that his country had made a peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy because "so many people all around the world were praying for us."

The same can be said of Sudan.  Catholics around the globe responded to the Sudanese Bishops' call for 101 Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Southern Sudan leading up to the referendum.  In the U.S. prayers flowed from groups assembled in school auditoriums, at center field in university stadiums and in parish pews.

A powerful connection between Catholics in the U.S. and the people of Sudan was fostered by Sudanese bishops who courageously traveled to the U.S. in recent years, pleading their country's case at the United Nations and in Washington, and in Mass in many cities, including with Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

During his recent visit to the U.S., Sudanese Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of the Diocese of Tombura-Yambio said, "In the run-up to the referendum, there was much written about the bad scenarios leading to war. Because of the faith of the people, God blessed us with a peaceful referendum. And I believe, because of the people's commitment and faith, we can build a Sudan of peace."

The people of South Sudan need prayerful support for years to come, and the Church will stand with them. It is devastated after years of fighting and neglect. It has few paved roads. Access to clean water and good sanitation is very limited. Medical care is rudimentary. Educational opportunities are scarce.

"At CRS, we are committed to staying with South Sudan in the years and decades to come as it finds its path among the nations of the world," said Hackett.  "It will not be an easy trip. There will be plenty of bumps in the road. But it is a journey we are committed to make."

-----

Kim Pozniak, CRS' communications officer for Sub-Saharan Africa, is in Juba to report on the Independence Day ceremonies.

---

Reprinted by Catholic Online with permission of Catholic Relief Services (www.crs.org)



Comments


More Africa

Obianuju Ekeocha: An African woman's Thank-you Letter to Meriam Ibrahim Watch

Image of Pope Francis giving a blessing to Meriam and her youngest child

By Obianuju Ekeocha

You, my African sister, have become a lightning rod to the radical feminists of our times who repudiate and denigrate every virtue that you epitomize. Within your body, you have borne the marks and scars of a true Christian,a wife, a mother and a martyr, and in ... continue reading


Liberia closes its borders in order to halt spread of Ebola Watch

Image of Liberian President Sirleaf has placed restrictions on public gatherings and ordered hotels, restaurants and other entertainment venues to play a five-minute video on Ebola safety.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In response to the rapidly escalating spread of the Ebola virus throughout West Africa, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has closed most of his country's borders. What points of entry that remain open will have Ebola testing centers and will implement ... continue reading


A second American has been confirmed to have Ebola in Africa Watch

Image of The Ebola epidemic that has been ravaging Africa since early 2014 has now infected its second America.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Officials in the region have confirmed that a second American has tested positive for the Ebola virus, at the same Liberian hospital where an American doctor became infected with the virus previously. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A vice president of ... continue reading


Newest nation in the world now faces mass starvation Watch

Image of More than a million people have fled their homes since fighting erupted between different factions of South Sudan's ruling party last December.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Begun as an effort to establish economic independence from Sudan, South Sudan became the world's youngest nation a few short years ago. Now - with fighting threatening to plunge the nation in to civil war, the United Nations has declared South Sudan's current ... continue reading


ANOTHER PLANE - VANISHES! Air Algerie flight with 116 people onboard drops off radar Watch

Image of The plane in question, the MD-83 is part of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 family of twin-engine, single-aisle jets. The plane belongs to a private Spanish company, Swiftair, but it appears to have been operated by Air Algerie.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In yet another horrific airline disaster in a year full of them, an Air Algerie flight with 116 people on board has simply - dropped off the radar. The flight operator says that the plane has apparently crashed in somewhere in the West African nation of Mali. ... continue reading


LOOKING GRIM: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus Watch

Image of The WHO says that of the 632 deadly Ebola cases, 206 people had died in Sierra Leone.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a "national hero" in Sierra Leone by the health ministry, had been leading the fight to control the recent Ebola outbreak that has killed 206 people in the West African country. Tragically, the 39-year-old medic has now contracted the ... continue reading


GRIEF TAKES TOLL: At least 11 parents of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls have died Watch

Image of Martha Mark, the mother of kidnapped school girl Monica Mark cries as she displays her photo, in the family house, in Chibok, Nigeria.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Grief and worry takes its toll on human health. Ever since more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted by the Boko Haram terror group three months ago, four of their parents have died from heart failure; seven of the girls' fathers were killed in an attack ... continue reading


Nigerian military swears to retake town after massacre by Muslims Watch

Image of The anti-education Muslim group, Boko Haram, attacked a town in northeast Nigeria, displacing 15,000 and killing more than 60 people.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Nigerian terrorist organization Boko Haram has continued its reign of terror, leaving dozens dead in the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa during a July 17 raid, Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reports. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading


How malnutrition kills, and a painful look at the South Sudan crisis Watch

Image of Parents don't like to see their children die and will save them if they can but with limited resources available, difficult choices are made and babies pay the price.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With hundreds of thousands of people, especially children expected to die in South Sudan in the coming months, attention is finally being focused on malnutrition and starvation and the painful process of death which accompanies those conditions. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Mysteries of the Pyramids - Previously hidden painting depicts life in ancient Egypt Watch

Image of The painting depicts what life was like 4,300 years ago in Egypt. It shows boats sailing south on the Nile and also agricultural images. The painting could also have symbolic meaning for life in ancient Egypt. Inside the tomb were also found statues of the 'priest' including his wife and what looks like a dog.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Found about 1,000 feet to the east of the Great Pyramid of Giza, a 4,300 year-old wall painting has been found. The artwork gives a rare peek into the life and times of ancient Egypt. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Discovered in a tomb for a "priest," the ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21
10 A disaster for me, mother, that you bore me to be ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 59:2-3, 4, 10-11, 17, 18
2 rescue me from evil-doers, from men of violence ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:44-46
44 'The kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 30th, 2014 Image

St. Peter Chrysologus
July 30: St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter