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COMBONI FAMILY’S OPEN LETTER FROM THE WORLD SOCIAL FORUM, MONTREAL

19 August 2016 – A group of sixteen Comboni Missionaries and Comboni Sisters who work in Italy, Congo, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt, Spain, USA, Canada, Portugal and Brazil has attended the 12th edition of the World Social Forum in Montreal, Canada. They have conducted six workshops at the event where they have highlighted “the struggle for a just peace, the commitment for social transformation and the opposition of local communities to social and environmental violations”. At the end the group of missionaries wrote an open letter.

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NURTURE AND GROWTH

16 August 2016 – (By Bill Firman) - A very good partner of Solidarity with South Sudan is Caritas Austria. This organization has provided expert advice and assistance, along with essential finance, in our establishment of the Solidarity Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAPR) in Riimenze. The Caritas group, including our very supportive neighbours in Juba, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the USA affiliate of Caritas, work collaboratively and try to avoid overlap of service delivery. So it is that one area in which Caritas Austria has focused its mission in South Sudan is the Tombura-Yambio diocese. Caritas Austria is a major sponsor of our Teacher Training College in Yambio and the sole sponsor of our agriculture in Riimenze. It is very good news that Caritas Austria, have now confirmed a further five-year funding commitment to sustain and develop SAPR.

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THERE IS GOOD NEWS IN SOUTH SUDAN

31 July 2016 – (Bill Firman) - Go back a few centuries or even, in some cases, a few decades. Italy was not a united country but independent and warring states; America had a civil war in which negro enslavement was a significant issue; France had a bloody revolution pitting the people against the aristocracy; South Africa was governed with apartheid divisions; peace between Protestant and Catholic in Northern Ireland seemed an unattainable goal; and so the list goes on. South Sudan is the world’s newest nation, one of the least educated with the poorest health services and lowest standards of living. It has endured years of conflict and division; but there is hope. Other countries have been forged out of tangled conflicts and ethnic divisions. Why not South Sudan? Hope will spring from the next generation of citizens whom we must ensure are better educated.

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WORLD SOCIAL FORUM SET TO BEGIN IN MONTREAL

08 August 2016 – Citizens from over 120 countries will get together in downtown Montreal for the 12th World Social Forum (WSF), held for the first time in a Northern country, from August 9 to 14, in Montreal, Canada.

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LETTER OF SOLIDARITY TO MISSIONARIES WORKING IN SOUTH SUDAN AND ERITREA

30 July 2016 – A group of Comboni missionaries who work in the English-speaking African countries has written an open letter of solidarity to other missionaries working in South Sudan and Eritrea. Both countries are facing “gruesome situations of extremely harsh political, economic and social suffering”. The letter is intended to be a “heartfelt word of encouragement and communion” with those serving the mission in the two conflict-affected countries.

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NOT TOO LATE TO LOVE, FORGIVE AND REBUILD WHOLE, OUR SOUTH SUDAN

1 August 2016 – Bishop Barani Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, the head of the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio and of the Inter-Faith Council for Peace Initiative in Greater Western Equatoria, writes an article on South Sudan that is also a message of hope. “As Christians we are obliged by our faith in God to carry a message, and we have to continue to carry it despite the thorns, despite blood and daily difficulties. We must remain steadfast in this time of trial”, writes the Bishop.

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