AFRECS E-Blast: May 25, 2017
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from Executive Director, Richard Parkins: 
The conflict continues and expands as more areas of South Sudan become centers of violence and warfare.  What is most troubling is the growing despair which not only the people of South Sudan experience but the desperation being expressed by those outside the country that a culture of revenge has become the new impenetrable normal. 
Friends, that is not the case.  While feeling revenge pervades South Sudanese society, to succumb to the belief that nothing can be done to stop its spread is to abandon our belief as Christians that with God all things are possible, even the realization of peace for South Sudan. 
We do know of places in the world where years of animosity between groups that held each other in contempt have come to terms with their seemingly unbridled anger and made peace.  Sometimes that peace is fragile and needs continuing nourishment but it is a new chapter in the history of a place where destruction was overwhelming.
I am once again reminded of Rwanda where that horrific genocide has not had the final word and that a seemingly stable country living in peace has emerged.  I recall my first visit to Freetown, Sierra Leone where amputation was being widely practiced as roving bands of thugs seemed to have a free hand in attacking civilians throughout this small country.  Sierra Leone is now at peace.  While acknowledging the uniqueness of each situation, we do have evidence that the horrors of war and the pain that war produces can be overcome with God's help and with our being God's helpers in making change happen.
Please join me in prayer and in the belief that even in South Sudan a new day will dawn.  The other day as I expressed frustration at where things stood in South Sudan, a friend asked me: "Will it ever change? Can anything be done?"  Help frame a positive response to such queries through prayer and whatever support you can manage. 
Recent News: South Sudan
The New York Times: U.S. Britain, U.N. Wary of South Sudan Ceasefire Announcement
The New York Times: U.N. Envoy: South Sudan Seeing Military Action as Rains Arrive
The New York Times: South Sudan Government Forces Killed 114 Civilians, U.N. says
The New York Times: Eight Months After Approval, New U.N. Troops Trickle Into South Sudan
Radio Tamazuj: Clement Janda (a prominent political figure from the Equatoria region) declines appointment into national dialogue committee
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If you'd like to be doing more to help address the crisis in South Sudan, please consider the following:
*Pray for peace and deep healing of the conflicts and rivalries in South Sudan.
*Join AFRECS or renew your annual membership on line at

* If you have contacts in South Sudan and are able to get news of various parts of the country and the church from them, keep AFRECS in the loop by replying to this email or using our main contact email address:
* Be prepared to advocate for peacemaking with the US (or other) government, especially if attention to conflict resolution wanes.
*Donate to support the Episcopal Church in South Sudan and Sudan’s efforts to provide solace and encourage reconciliation. 

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