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Caritas South Sudan on the tenth anniversary of the country’s independence

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 luglio 2021

“The 10th anniversary of independence could be a starting point for a new South Sudan moving towards political stability, ensuring integral human development through community-based development activities put in place by civil society organisations,” says Aloysius John, secretary general of Caritas Internationalis, expressing the wish of the confederation for the world’s youngest State.But for this to happen, there is a need for strong support from the international community, which now, more than ever before, can be decisive, as explains Gabriel Yai, Director of Caritas South Sudan. Today the major parties (SPLM, SFLA-I0, SSOA, SSOPP) have signed the peace agreement, and they support it. The different armies have been combined, and they are being trained to form a national army. The State Council and the legislative councils have been formed, and the members of the two houses of parliament have been sworn in.The Caritas Confederation has accompanied the peace process during these ten years, which were unfortunately deeply marked by serious conflicts. Caritas South Sudan was created in November 2011 to cater to the needs of people returning to the country, and also to improve the living conditions of those who were living in poverty in South Sudan during these years. With a network of several Caritas member organisations helping Caritas South Sudan, a vast emergency and rehabilitation program was put in place in the seven dioceses to respond to the needs of the poorest. Caritas introduced emergency and recovery programs all over the country, consisting of four different kinds of activities: emergency food security assistance, livelihood, shelter and non-food items, and peacebuilding through awareness building. Caritas also responded to the emergency situations created by the harsh extreme climatic conditions such as drought and floods. In some places, small agricultural activities were also attempted, but they were hampered by violence due to the internal conflicts between the warring factions.While Caritas was serving and caring for the people, the Church authorities were at the negotiating table to talk about peace and harmony in the new state with the different belligerent factions. The Catholic Church, along with the other Christian denominations, motivated and encouraged the different factions to come to the negotiating table. They were also motivating and encouraging the two top leaders Salva Kiir and Riek Machar to join the peace table.

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South Sudan and IFAD to boost productivity, food security and resilience of small-scale farmers faced with climate change

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 26 giugno 2021

A new US$19.9 million project will bring much needed help to 38,800 rural households facing the impacts of poverty, food insecurity and climate change. The South Sudan Livelihoods Resilience Project (SSLRP) will empower rural people to boost productivity, food security and nutrition, and resilience. At a time when the COVID-19 crisis and climate change could further push the 85 per cent of South Sudanese who live in rural areas into deeper poverty, SSLRP will target the most vulnerable, food insecure and small-scale producers, engaged in fishing, cropping and livestock production.The financing agreement was signed virtually by Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and Athian Ding Athian, Minister for Finance and Planning of the Republic of South Sudan.In South Sudan, poverty is higher in rural areas, with 80 per cent of the population living below the poverty line and depend on agriculture for their livelihood. Therefore agriculture is key to defeating poverty and hunger. However, South Sudan, a resource-rich country and the youngest nation in Africa, remains the third most fragile in the world. In South Sudan, farmers continue to bear the brunt of climate change, and the project will address their need for access to drought tolerant and early maturing seeds, drought tolerant agroforestry fodder species, water conservation and management, afforestation, mangroves rehabilitation and conservation, solar and other renewable energy sources. SSLRP will also rehabilitate and construct water infrastructure, rural roads to give access to markets, and processing and storage facilities. To build and strengthen the capacity of the beneficiaries and the government during the implementation phases, SSLRP will partner with the African Development Bank (AfDB), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Bank. SSLRP will operate in three states and five counties – Eastern Equatoria (Magwi and Torit), Central Equatoria (Kajo Keji and Terekeka) and Jonglei (Bor) and will therefore contribute towards livelihoods recovery and rebuild farming systems. It is also in alignment with the ambitious agenda of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity. .To implement SSLRP, IFAD is providing a US$1.9 million loan, $7.9 million grant and $4.0 million IFAD climate finance. In addition, the Government of South Sudan is providing US$1.6 million, with a further US$5.6 million from the African Development Bank as parallel co-financing and US$0.8 million from the beneficiaries themselves. The Government of the Netherlands will provide US$8.0 million grant as additional co-financing for SSLRP to support rural feeder roads for agriculture production and access to markets.Since 2011, IFAD has financed 2 rural development programmes and projects in the Republic of South Sudan for a total cost of US$ 43.8 million, with an IFAD investment of US$ 23.3million,directly benefiting nearly 77,000 rural households.

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Sudan and South Sudan must step back from war

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 aprile 2012


-Khartoum,Sudan- (Photo credit: Vít Hassan)

Caritas Internationalis fears that a full scale war is imminent between Sudan and South Sudan with dire humanitarian consequences for both unless there is pull back from further military action.
South Sudan became independent from Sudan last July following a popular vote. It was the culmination of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended decades of war. However, areas of contention including border demarcation, the status of disputed areas in Abyei, South Kordofan and Blue Nile and oil rights still have not been resolved. The Caritas confederation of over 160 Catholic aid agencies fears that recent clashes over these issues have now brought the two countries to the brink. Caritas is also concerned over the use of extreme rhetoric by officials and that it is inciting an environment of fear. Attacks in Sudan on Christians such as the ransacking of the Presbyterian Evangelical Church in Khartoum on Saturday are deeply troubling. Over 500,000 South Sudanese live in Sudan. Relations at a community level between the predominately Muslim Sudanese and the Christian South Sudanese remains good. Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Michel Roy says, “Caritas appeals to Sudan and South Sudan to stop military actions along the border. It’s not too late for both governments to check the momentum leading to an all out war. Peace can only be achieved by returning to the negotiating table and fully implementing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. “The international community has failed to act decisively to prevent an escalation towards war. They must follow through with their commitments to ensure all outstanding issues are resolved peacefully. “Two million people died in the last war. Everyone will be losers in another conflict. Our belief is that the peoples of Sudan and South Sudan want peace. Their governments and the international community achieved great things in ending the war, they cannot allow those gains to be lost.” “Both sides must exercise restraint. They have a duty to all their people and must ensure their safety. This includes refraining from inflammatory language that incites violence against minorities.
“Caritas Internationalis stands in solidarity with the people of Sudan and South Sudan. We are committed to supporting the efforts of the Church at providing humanitarian assistance and fostering peace between the nations.” Caritas Internationalis is looking for more details after its member Sudan Aid has had its office closed in Nyala in Darfur by security forces. Sudan Aid is part of relief efforts for 500,000 people in Darfur providing food, clean water, healthcare and other aid. Caritas organisations have operations in Sudan and South Sudan, including pre-emergency planning to cope with the fallout from a return to fighting with its large displacement of people.

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Caritas members in South Sudan health and education

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 giugno 2011

South Sudan becomes an independent state 9 July 2011 after decades of conflict, poor governance and natural disasters. People in the emerging nation face an acute shortage of basic needs as the country lacks infrastructure and faces high levels of poverty and underdevelopment. Currently, a third of children are underweight, over a third fail to live to their fifth birthday, half the population live in extreme poverty and literacy rates are as low as 36 percent. A young girl in South Sudan has more chance of dying in childbirth than finishing her primary education. Caritas members will work together in partnership with the local Catholic Church under a joint programme of $7.6 million (€5.7 million) running up till July 2012. The work will focus on repair and rehabilitation of water, sanitation, health and education facilities and the provision of shelter, food and other aid assistance. Caritas will work with those returning to their homes, the internally displaced and other vulnerable people. All the work will have strong community ownership with projects being handed over to the local population to maintain and run in the future. Humanitarian assistance to South Sudan will be required beyond the timeframe of the programme. The Caritas programme will also increase capacity in national and local partners so they carry the work forward with minimal support from the Caritas confederation. This will involve training of staff in national and diocesan Caritas Sudan offices (Caritas Sudan was formally known as Sudan Aid) on programme delivery and reducing future disasters. International Caritas members operating in South Sudan will continue with the process of twinning with local diocesan offices. Caritas is also supporting the peacebuilding initiatives of the Sudanese bishops, such as an international prayer campaign and a tree planting initiative in every diocese in South Sudan.

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