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The North African region of Sudan—governed by British and Egyptian authorities until 1956—has long been a hotbed for Muslim-Christian tensions. Embroiled in a conflict that spans two civil wars, it is comprised of two nations: the Muslim Arab North Sudan and the predominantly Christian South Sudan, which gained its independence in 2011. The ongoing conflict has left the western Darfur region pockmarked by genocidal killings, regional power struggles, famine, and an orphan crisis; so much so that the United Nations declared it the site of one of the world’s most pressing humanitarian crises of the early 21st century.

Building a Peace Beyond Understanding

Amid ongoing violence, southern Sudan’s Christians model a different kind of hope.

Isaac Phiri with additional reporting from Jonathan Fitzgerald / January 14, 2009

Redeeming Sudan’s Slaves

Americans are becoming instant abolitionists. But is the movement backfiring?

By Christine J. Gardner / August 9, 1999

Finding Homes for the Lost Boys

They’ve seen their parents shot, their villages burned, and their homeland recede in the distance as they escaped. Now these Sudanese youth build a new life in suburban Seattle

John W. Kennedy / July 9, 2001

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FBI, IRS Investigate Machine Gun Preacher’s Property

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Melissa Steffan / February 11, 2014

Help the Persecuted Stay? Or Help Them Move?

Groups that help persecuted Christians survive at home sometimes help them leave, too.

Kate Tracy / November 22, 2013

‘Machine Gun Preacher’ Wins Mother Teresa Award

Controversial Sam Childers becomes first American to join ranks of Malala Yousafzai and the Dalai Lama.

Jeremy Weber / October 28, 2013

Darfur Shootout Kills Two World Vision Workers

United Nations: Attack “highlights the unstable security situation (in) the strife-torn region.”

Melissa Steffan / July 9, 2013

Gleanings: June 2013

Important developments in the church and the world.

May 14, 2013

Is Coptic Evangelism in Africa Really on the Rise?

Egyptian church’s troubles spill into Libya and Sudan.

Jayson Casper in Cairo and Khalid Fahmi in Khartoum / March 27, 2013

Lost Boy Olympian Lopez Lomong Runs to Save Lives

How the runner uses his own success to help native South Sudan.

Cornelia Becker Seigneur / July 27, 2012

Anti-Christian Backlash After South Sudan’s Secession

Churches attacked and threatened with demolition as Bashir reiterates promise to make Sudan strictly Islamic.

Compass Direct News / October 26, 2011

‘Machine Gun Preacher’ Under Heavy Fire

Sam Childers, subject of a new movie, is accused of neglecting children at his orphanage in South Sudan.

Mark Moring / September 22, 2011

Southern Sudanese Head to Polls

Vote may lead to freedom from repressive government in Khartoum.

Moses Wasamu in Nairobi, Kenya, with additional reporting from Trevor Persaud and Dale Gavlak / January 11, 2011

‘Passport through Darkness’ Gives Victims Voice

Make Way Partners president Kimberly Smith’s book is a must-read for today, Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

Tomi Grover, guest blogger / January 11, 2011

Sudan Vote to Test Obama’s Approach

As Sudan prepares to vote on an independence referendum, one of the President’s point men is also an evangelical.

Sarah Pulliam Bailey / January 7, 2011

Sudan’s Politics of Prayer

If there were ever a time for intercession in international affairs, this is it.

David Neff / January 5, 2011

Constructing Peace

One Olympic athlete’s efforts to build relationships between Sudan’s Christians and Muslims.

Moses Wasamu in Nairobi, Kenya / January 5, 2011

The Rush to Reconcile

Are peacemaking efforts in Sudan enough to prevent violence if the South votes for independence?

Tony Carnes / January 5, 2011

Pray for the Peace of Sudan

The World Evangelical Alliance’s Geoff Tunnicliffe talks about efforts to ensure a fair and peaceful election in Sudan and calls for a world day of prayer for the safety of believers there.

Interview by David Neff / November 22, 2010

Election Jitters

Sudanese Christians hope nation will hold together until 2011 referendum.

Alicia Cohn / April 6, 2010

Pants-Wearing Woman Challenges Sudan’s Decency Law

Lubna Hussein says she’ll take 40,000 whippings if it will change her government’s human rights policies.

Katelyn Beaty / August 6, 2009

More Aid Groups at Risk in Sudan

President al-Bashir issues public call to ‘Sudanize’ relief work.

Sheryl Blunt in Washington, D.C. / March 20, 2009

Franklin Graham: Sudan’s al-Bashir ‘Responsible for Bloodshed’

Samaritan’s Purse leader asks president to reinstate aid agency work in Darfur region.

Interview by Sheryl Blunt in Washington, D.C. / March 19, 2009

Bush’s Envoy’s Advice: ‘Raise Cain’

How advocacy by American Christians trims violence in Sudan.

Interview by Timothy C. Morgan / January 14, 2009

Building a Peace Beyond Understanding

Amid ongoing violence, southern Sudan’s Christians model a different kind of hope.

Isaac Phiri with additional reporting from Jonathan Fitzgerald / January 14, 2009

Passages

Remembering Hoke and Garcia; Hunter resigns; Deng honored.

Compiled by CT staff / January 17, 2007

Does Darfur Have a Prayer?

Genocide in western Sudan proves nearly impossible to stop.

Tony Carnes / December 13, 2006

Q&A: Madeleine Albright

The former secretary of state for the Clinton administration recently published The Mighty & the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs

Tony Carnes / June 29, 2006

Stopping Genocide—Again

Ethnic bloodshed in Sudan’s Darfur region remains the top crisis for U.N. ambassador John Bolton.

Interview by Tony Carnes / May 1, 2006

Gridlock on Genocide

Pressure on Sudan mounts, but the killing continues in Darfur.

J. Carter Johnson / May 1, 2006

Sudan After Garang

Plus: Why religious believers should oppose the flag desecration amendment, and other stories from online sources around the world.

Compiled by Ted Olsen / April 13, 2006

Senator Sam Brownback

The Kansas Republican speaks on prolife issues, Darfur, and care for the poor.

Collin Hansen / March 1, 2006

Leader’s Death Unsettles Nation

Can peace process work without the strong-arm Garang?

by J. Carter Johnson, with Sue Sprenkle / September 7, 2005

Hotel Sudan Isn’t a Film—Yet

Genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

A Christianity Today Editorial / April 26, 2005

Fragile Accord

History, resentment, and ethnic tension imperil long-term peace in Sudan.

By Deann Alford / February 7, 2005

Giving Hope a Chance

Danforth calls on Sudan’s government, rebels to ‘prove skeptics wrong.’

By David E. Anderson, RNS / December 9, 2004

Defending Our Neighbor

Can we start a war to protect others?

By Stephen L. Carter / November 1, 2004

A False Cry of Peace

Wilfred Mlay, World Vision’s regional vice president for Africa, discusses the crisis facing black Muslims in Darfur.

Interview by Stan Guthrie / September 1, 2004

Never Again?

Genocide in Sudan tests our commitment to justice.

A Christianity Today Editorial / September 1, 2004

Powell Calls Darfur Situation ‘Genocide’

Plus: Religious conservatives feel threatened at Colorado universities, a biology journal apologizes for publishing an intelligent design article, Anne Graham Lotz in Chicago, and many other articles from online sources around the world.

Compiled by Rob Moll / September 1, 2004

Evangelical Leaders Call for Darfur Action

Plus: A tainted quest for Noah’s flood, another Methodist lesbian trial, and the group that may or may not be behind the Iraq church bombings.

Compiled by Ted Olsen / August 1, 2004

Freedom for Sudanese Faith

With new peace accord signed, Christians prepare to meet needs.

By Richard Nyberg / August 1, 2004

FBI, IRS Investigate Machine Gun Preacher’s Property

(UPDATED) Sam Childers tells TV station: Agents ‘totally destroyed’ orphanage supplies, but he’s ‘got nothing to hide.’

‘Machine Gun Preacher’ Wins Mother Teresa Award

Controversial Sam Childers becomes first American to join ranks of Malala Yousafzai and the Dalai Lama.

Sudan: Authorities destroy church building and confiscate land

“Morning Star News reports that contrary to general practice, the church building, which housed a congregation of 300, was demolished without prior notice to church authorities.”

Harassed South Sudan church closes seminary

Already facing a shortage of priests, the Catholic Church in the world’s newest nation has closed a portion of its seminary, leaving dozens of young men stranded on the road to the priesthood.

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U.N. Reports Hundreds Killed In Ethnic Violence In South Sudan …

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan says that “targeted killings of civilians” based on ethnicity were carried out in the war-torn country after rebels last week seized the city of Bentiu.

In a statement on Monday, UNMISS said its human rights investigators had confirmed the killings occurred April 15 and 16 after rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army took control of the oil hub.

UNMISS reports that on April 15, several Nuer men, women and children were killed for refusing to cheer on SPLA rebels as they entered the town. The killings continued the next day, and ethnic Darfuris were also among those targeted, it said. At a single mosque, more than 200 civilians were killed and some 400 wounded, according to the statement. In addition, it said, rebels rounded up individuals, based on their ethnicity, who were sheltering in a Catholic Church.

“These atrocities must be fully investigated and the perpetrators and their commanders shall be held accountable,” UNMISS chief Raisedon Zenenga said.

The statement also said that some individuals “associated with the opposition” had broadcast radio messages calling on “men from one community to commit vengeful sexual violence against women from another community.”

The Associated Press reports:

“Toby Lanzer, the U.N.’s top humanitarian official in South Sudan, said in Twitter posts late Sunday that there were shocking scenes of atrocities, with “bodies of people executed” lying in the streets of Bentiu.

“Thousands of people have been killed in violence since December, when presidential guards splintered and fought along ethnic lines. The violence later spread across the country as soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir tried to put down a rebellion led by Riek Machar, the former vice president.

“The U.N. has been warning of mounting evidence of ethnically-targeted killings in the world’s newest nation as both government troops and rebel forces lose and gain territories in sporadic clashes. Despite a ceasefire signed earlier this year, both sides continue to trade allegations over rights violations and civilian abuses.”

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South Sudan on brink of collapse as war rages – Rappler

UPPER NILE, South Sudan – When not plotting military strategy to seize South Sudan's crucial oil fields, sacked vice-president turned rebel chief Riek Machar spends time reading the economic and political history "Why …

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UN sounds alarm over attacks of civilians in South Sudan – Rappler

According to UN officials, the attackers used rocket-propelled grenades to breach the compound then fired on those sheltering inside

SOUTH SUDAN. The UN sounds the alarm after dozens were killed in an attack on civilians sheltering in a UN base.

JUBA, South Sudan – The United Nations on Friday sounded the alarm over an upsurge in vicious communal violence in conflict-hit South Sudan, after dozens were killed in an attack on civilians sheltering in a UN base.

UN officials said “dozens” of people were killed and scores more wounded on Thursday by gunmen posing as peaceful protestors who stormed a UN base in the war-ravaged town of Bor, one of several sites where thousands of people are sheltering from ethnic violence.

The US ambassador to the world body, Samantha Power, said at least 20 were confirmed dead, while the top UN aid official in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, said dozens were dead. Local officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said as many as 50 people were dead.

“Humanitarian partners are particularly outraged by deliberate and targeted killings of civilians in hospitals, churches, UN peacekeeping bases and other places where people’s rights should be sacrosanct,” the UN’s aid agency UNOCHA said in a statement.

“People came into UNMISS bases in fear of their lives. People are already afraid and will now be even more so,” UNOCHA’s Amanda Weyler told AFP.

According to UN officials, the attackers used rocket-propelled grenades to breach the compound then fired on those sheltering inside.

Most of the 5,000 people hiding in the UN base in Bor are thought to be ethnic Nuer, the same tribe of South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar.

Machar, a former vice president, has been fighting against President Salva Kir, an ethnic Dinka, for the past 4 months.

Initial reports indicate the attack was carried out by armed Dinka youth furious over the fall to rebels this week of the town of Bentiu, an oil-producing hub further to the north.

The conflict in South Sudan has left thousands dead and forced around a million people to flee their homes since fighting broke out on December 15 in the capital Juba.

The unrest quickly spread to other states in the oil-rich nation, which only won independence from Sudan in 2011.

The fighting has been marked by reports and allegations of atrocities by both sides, with ethnic massacres, child soldier recruitment and patients raped and murdered in hospitals by attacking forces.

Time for robust international action?

The UN and humanitarian aid agencies have also been left facing a mammoth crisis, including feeding and sheltering 67,000 civilians across the country who are sheltering inside UN bases and warning that more than one million people are at risk of famine.

“Worse is yet to come,” said Jonathan Veitch, the head in South Sudan of UN children’s agency UNICEF in a statement.

Power urged countries that have committed additional forces to UNMISS to speed up their deployment, and said the United States will work with its allies to determine who was responsible for the “horrific attack” in Bor and bring its perpetrators to justice.

The US was instrumental in helping South Sudan gain independence, but has so far proved powerless or unwilling to firmly intervene. The US ambassador to the UN, however, signalled that patience was running out with the warring factions.

“This latest outrage against the people of South Sudan is an affront to the international community and violates fundamental principles of civilian protection,” Power said, adding that UNMISS sites should be considered “inviolable”.

A spokesman for UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the attack on the UN base was a “serious escalation” in the crisis.

“The Secretary-General reminds all parties that any attack on United Nations Peacekeepers is unacceptable and constitutes a war crime,” he warned.

Earlier this week, rebel leader Machar told AFP he had set his sights on oil fields in the north and the capital Juba, and after the fall of Bentiu, government officials have reported more heavy fighting across the oil-rich Unity State. – Rappler.com

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pancocojams: Five Nyankol Mathiang Videos (South Sudanese …

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases five videos of South Sudanese vocalist Nyankol Mathiang. This post also includes an excerpt of a tribute to commemorate the life and music of Nyankol Mathiang. This long excerpt is quoted as a way of celebrating some of Nyankol Mathiang’s music for those who already know this artist. That excerpt is also presented as a way of introducing other people -including me- to this vocalist who I’ve learned (even from the little bit of information in English that I’ve found online) was beloved in South Sudan and elsewhere.

A rendition of a Nyankol Mathiang song performed by other vocalists is presented in the Addendum to this post.

The content of this post are presented for cultural and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Nyankol Mathiang for her musical legacy. Thanks also to Regina Akok and all others those who are quoted in this post, and thanks to the video producers and publishers of these videos on YouTube.

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EXCERPT FROM TRIBUTE TO NYANKOL MATHIANG
http://paanluelwel.com/2012/09/24/tribute-to-nyankol-mathiang/
Tribute To Nyankol Mathiang By Regina Akok
Posted: September 24, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan
“…the veteran artist, the woman, the embodiment of resilience, gallantry, wisdom, and love, Mrs. Teresa Nyankol Mathiang Dut has gone so soon.

I grew up listening to her songs, admiring her voice, loving her lyrics, words of inspiration and hope. Her voice and music stood out to me as a candid and straightforward form of art. Good art supposed to uplift us and that is exactly how I feel every time I play the CD and listen to Kadaan cook luel oak Anok, Kadan cook luel oak mathdi… I can only say about the song – no matter how I translate the words from Thongjieng to English or Arabic and even how competent I might be in all these languages, I will never give the song its fullest justice, it will remain a subjective interpretation –it is a magnificent poem about friendship. … good art does not emerge from vagueness because it supposed to inspire us and that is exactly what Mrs Nyankol, the woman, did when she sang this phrase: Abeyien don Athong ka Abeyienda. It is an ultimate expression of our long yearning to connect as South Sudanese friends, communities and diverse tribes…Abyei is used allegorically which also literally an Abyei tree to connect all of us in its refuge. A shadow of a tree has served different purposes in our lives, both private and political…

Yes, good art does not tear us apart, and cause us pain but empowers us and gives us hope especially when we feel rusty and can’t do it anymore. It keeps us going despite the difficulties and helps us believe in ourselves and that’s exactly what Riel Puou Raan Col gave me when I first heard it. It is another powerful song about our resilience as black people of South Sudan and other black nations who endured sufferings like us. I see that as an indirect reference to historical experiences of oppression, slavery and colonization. The artist wants us to draw on those moments in our history. When things seemed totally out of control and totally gloomy, we were able to find the resistant spirit in us and rose quickly and recreated hope instead of despair. Again good art supposed to punch us and reprimand us when we forget our alphabets and I hear that in the powerful song of Dong Abyei wei Kada, she wonders as an artist how did we miss Abyei in the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement? How did that happen? As an artist, she courageously engages everybody in unfinished conversations about peace, recovery and reconciliation. It is an honest dialogue with our leadership. The few songs I selected here were taken from a long list of several inspiring and refreshing songs. …

I am experiencing mixed feelings right now. My heart is so heavy with vague and gloom, and so sadden but, yet I can still count on your true voice. It was a pleasure to have known you Mrs Nyankol as an artist and that was just a little part of your short journey and what a life worth living! I’m glad you lived to see our independence as a nation. I promise we will not forget your insights for a better South Sudan. I know for sure that the world is a better place because you left your footprints on its soil. It is a great story to tell our children and generations to come. I’m definitely proud to spell my name a WOMAN of South Sudan because you were not afraid to give your best. Nothing could stop you – being a wife did not stop you; motherhood did not stop you; being a grandmother did not stop you. In fact, all these roles had shaped your music and the fighter and strong woman you were. You were clear and quick to spread the message of love. Nyankol the woman, your legacy is alive for generations to come! I love you and rest in peace Austaza Nyankol Mathiang Dut, a daughter of Abyei region but a true daughter of South Sudan, the queen of words.”

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These videos are presented in chronological order with the oldest dated video given first.
If you have any information about these songs including an English translation of their titles, please share that information in the video’s YouTube comment section and/or in the comment section of this post. Thanks!

Example 1: Nyankol Mathiang

Aweil1985, Uploaded on Feb 21, 2011

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Example #2: Nyankol Mathiang Dut Singing during the Abiem election office in Calgary (Australia)

William Akuei, Uploaded on Feb 12, 2012

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Example #3: South Sudan Mama Nyankol Mathiang Dut Ting Ee Dhieth xen YouTube

Junub Jamil, Published on Sep 30, 2012

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Example #4: Nyankol Mathiang—Doot Ku Bai (Promo Music Video)

Deng Alith, Published on May 30, 2013

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Example #5: Nyankol Mathiang—-Abyuok Reil Piou (PROMO Music Video)

Deng Alith, Published on May 30, 2013

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ADDENDUM
Nyankol Mathiang Song-[Track: Anuk] by Alnour Achoung Deng

FRANCIS N, Published on Feb 22, 2013

In memory of South Sudan Music Legend Mama Nyankol Mathiang.
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Here’s a comment from this video’s discussion thread:
Samuel Atem, 2014
“Where is the original video of this song? This song was everywhere in the 1980s in Sudan? I search it everywhere on the internet today but I couldn’t find it. Please if someone has it; then let them post it online; I missed Nyankol and this song very much.”

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Eight Videos Of Aweil, South Sudanese Traditional Dances

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases eight videos of Sudanese (northeastern Africa) traditional dancing in Aweil, South Sudan or videos of people from Aweil, South Sudan who now live elsewhere.

Information about Aweil, South Sudan is also included in this post.

The content of this post are presented for folkloric, cultural, educational, and aesthetic purposes.

In addition to the dancing, I’m also interested in the music, the musical instruments, the singing & ululation, the dancers’ attire including head gear & jewelry (if any), the objects that the dancers’ carry, and the dancers’ hairstyles.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those featured in these videos. Thanks also to those who are quoted in this post, and thanks to the video producers and publishers of these videos on YouTube.

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INFORMATION ABOUT AWEIL, SOUTH SUDAN
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aweil,_South_Sudan
“Aweil is a city in South Sudan in Bahr el ghazal Region. Aweil is located in Aweil Central County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, in northwestern South Sudan, near the International border with the Republic of Sudan and the Abyei Region…

Aweil is the capital city of the state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal. It is also the county seat of Aweil Central County. The city’s infrastructure is relatively developed… and includes a functioning railway station, a functioning hotel, a functioning airport, a soccer stadium and a functioning public hospital. The city functions as a team site for the United Nations Mission in Sudan. Several NGOs providing aid in South Sudan are based here.”…
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From http://everyvillage.org/villages-aweil
“Aweil is the capital city of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, located at the intersection of Nile tributaries–the Lol and the Pongo. “Aweil” is derived from the Dinka name Mading Ayuel.

The Dinka tribe makes up the population’s majority, but members of the Luo tribe live in the area as well. The Dinka rely on cattle herding at riverside camps in the dry season and growing grains in the rainy season…

Language: Dinka Rek”

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From http://www.sudansunrise.org/project/st-mary-girls-school
St. Mary Girls School; Aweil, South Sudan
“Sudan Sunrise partners with Abraham Nhial to build the St. Mary Girls Secondary School in Aweil, Northern Bhar el Ghazal state.

Aweil State: Home to Diverse Groups

Abraham Nhial immigrated to the U.S. as a “Lost Boy of Sudan” and is working to found the first secondary school for girls in Aweil, a city with a population of one million. Geographically and politically, Northern Bhar el Ghazal State-(Aweil) is the largest state in South Sudan and is inhabited by diverse ethnic communities including returning refugees, Darfurians, and Messirya from the North. Strategically, this project targets girls from these different communities in order to provide them with access to higher education so they will be able to avoid poverty, resolve conflict, and, ultimately, promote peaceful living among their communities….

War Reduced Education Opportunities
During the civili war in Sudan, Aweil State was a war zone because of its close proximity to the border. Until the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed in 2005, many young children, mostly young girls, were forced into slavery as wives or houseworkers. The boys of Aweil typically fled to neighboring countries as refugees, or to the U.S. as “Lost Boys.”

Culture Does Not Always Support Girls’ Education


The St. Mary Girls Secondary School in Aweil is needed as there are no other secondary schools for girls in the region”…

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FEATURED VIDEOS
These videos are presented in chronological order with the oldest dated video given first.
If you know any information about these dances, please share that information in the video’s YouTube comment section and/or in the comment section of this post. Thanks!

Example 1: Children entertainment in Aweil (PartI)

GarangKuot Uploaded on Oct 25, 2007

Aweil children entertaining SPLM Secretary for Northern Bahr-El-Ghazal State, Molana Ajou Garang.
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Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rjNFLxYCLA for Part II of this video series.

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Example #2: Children entertainment in Aweil (PartIII)

GarangKuot Uploaded on Oct 25, 2007

Aweil children entertaining SPLM Secretary for Northern Bahr-El-Ghazal State, Molana Ajou Garang.

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Example #3: South Sudan Dinka dancing from Northern Bar al Gazal (Aweil)

William Akuei Uploaded on Feb 21, 2011

Jieng youths ignited to teach a culture to young kids in Cairo seven years ago

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Example #4: Independence Day – South Sudan – Aweil West

Naomi Sorkin, Uploaded on Aug 30, 2011

Traditional Birth Attendants and community health workers celebrating Independence in Nyamlel, South Sudan. July 9, 2011

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Example #5: Mading Aweil Federation in Aus.

Deng Duang, Published on Jul 27, 2012

These are the best Aweil traditional groups united in the dance-floor. 2012

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Example #6: Aweil Team in Aweil Town.

William Akuei, Published on Nov 26, 2012

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Example #7: Mading-Aweil Cultural Dance.

Anei Yuot, Published on Jul 14, 2013

The 9th of July 2013. second aniversary of South Sudan. (“the ROSS”)
Dallas, Texas….

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Example #8: Dinka tradditional dance- Malualkon, Aweil east Oct, 2013

James Majuong, Published on Mar 11, 2014

A featival celebration by Dinka Malual of Aweil east Oct, 2013
Video take by: James Majuong.

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UNICEF today warned that 50,000 children will starve to death in South Sudan unless action is taken. The crisis could get even worse. The UN Children’s agency is desperately seeking donations for the emergency.

A UNICEF press release says, “Nearly a quarter of a million children in South Sudan will suffer from severe acute malnutrition, a life-threatening condition, by the end of the year.”

South Sudan declared independence in 2011. However, the country was still suffering from hunger and poverty after years of conflict with Sudan, and also among rival tribes. Last year fighting started between the government and opposition forces.

The conflict has displaced nearly a million people. Food supplies all over the country have been disrupted. There are 3.7 million people in South Sudan suffering from hunger. There are reports of people living off bulbs and grasses.

Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF Representative in South Sudan, says, “Sadly, worse is yet to come. If conflict continues, and farmers miss the planting season, we will see child malnutrition on a scale never before experienced here. If we cannot get more funds and better access to reach malnourished children in South Sudan, tens of thousands of under-fives will die.”

Children attending a class at the Muniki Center Basic School in the Muniki Payam, a sub-district of Juba, South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2007-0862/G. Cranston

UNICEF is trying to reach children with foods like Plumpy’nut that can stop malnutrition. They are also distributing medicines, clean water and other supplies. The UN World Food Programme is also trying to feed South Sudan’s war victims and they too are desperate for funding.

Veitch adds, “These are not mere statistics. They are the children for whom South Sudan holds so much potential and promise. We must not fail the children of this new and fragile nation.”

UNICEF has set up a donation page for South Sudan.

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Africa: Meeting With South Sudanese Minister Awan Riak …

Africa: Meeting With South Sudanese Minister Awan Riak WASHINGTON, April 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 10, 2014 Secretary of State John …

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