South Sudan is the newest country of the world, gaining independence in June of 2011 after over 50 years of armed struggle and conflict with the North. As a result, South Sudan has more than 3.25 million people living in United Nations camps for internally displaced or in refugee camps in neighboring countries. The new country’s challenges are many: the economy has collapsed, roads are in disrepair, the countryside is unstable, and peace is fragile. Maryknoll Lay Missioners returned to South Sudan in 2018 (after serving there in the 1990s and early 2000s) and hopes to expand its ministries there in the future.
Justice and Peace
Conflict and poverty persist in South Sudan. Our lay missioner in the country works at Kuron Peace Village, a model community in remote southeastern South Sudan. Founded by a retired Catholic bishop and human rights leader, the village provides education (nursery to secondary), health services, food security, agriculture training and actively engages the area’s different ethnic tribes in conflict resolution and peace building.
Our Missioners in South Sudan
Most South Sudanese have given up hope in their leaders; they trust in God, persevere and do what they can to improve their lives.
Gabe Hurrish reflects on the call to “be in mission”
For decades Maryknoll lay missioners have accompanied communities in South Sudan, as they have struggled to heal their divided nation.