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A woman is taken through her lesson in a school run by JRS in Lobone, South Sudan. JRS has been working in South Sudan since 1997. (Sergi Camara— Jesuit Refugee Service)

(Nairobi)  January 18, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service Eastern Africa is proud to present a video showing its work in South Sudan. Since 1997, JRS has accompanied and worked with people internally displaced due to the civil war. 

After a generation of civil war, the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) on January 9, 2005 ended armed hostilities between the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the Government of Sudan. 

Since the signing of the CPA, some 320,000 refugees and 50,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have returned home to South Sudan. Re-establishing their communities has been no easy task. There is little modern infrastructure in the country, as development was stalled by more than twenty years of war. 

Returning refugees have had to relearn the skills of subsistence farming, growing cassava, maize and beans in the rich red soil, often competing for land and water with those people who stayed behind during the conflict. Gradually, peace has made possible the beginnings of improvement in education, health, and sanitation, although much remains to be done. 

Throughout this period, Jesuit Refugee Service has contributed to this development by building schools, supporting teacher training, providing school supplies, encouraging the education of girls and building the capacity of local communities to take charge of their own educational needs. 

Learn more about Jesuit Refugee Service in South Sudan by clicking here.


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