South Sudan

South Sudan is one of the most challenging countries in which the Jesuits work. Despite gaining independence in 2011, by 2013 a new civil war had broken out between the armed forces and the Nuer militias.In the midst of this situation, Loyola Secondary School in Wau strives to continue providing a stable source of education in one of the country’s main rebel areas. The school was forced to close in 1984, just two years after opening, owing to the outbreak of war, and it was then occupied by the...
Following the outbreak of violent attacks on humanitarian aid agencies in South Sudan two weeks ago, Jesuit Missions is providing high quality emergency tents for the displaced JRS staff in Maban ensuring the well-being of all staff after the attacks.On Monday 23rd July, eight aid agencies operating in Maban were forced to suspend their activities and evacuate their staff following violent attacks from local youth.Although the main JRS compound was spared, the Arrupe learning centre was badly...
On the 9th July, South Sudan celebrated its seventh year of independence, making it the newest country in the world. However, it is also one of the poorest. Two years after its independence in 2011 civil war broke out and, for the last five years, it has been suffering from an ongoing political, tribal and ethnic conflict. This has left tens of thousands of people dead and seven million people requiring humanitarian assistance.Despite their troubles, there are also 287, 400 refugees from...
Loyola Secondary School Credit Jesuit Missions
Loyola Secondary School (LSS) in Wau, South Sudan, is a mixed day school established by the East African province of the Society of Jesus in 1982. Civil war forced the school to close two years after opening and it did not re-open until 2008 when 180 students were admitted.LSS, which is supported by Jesuit Missions, now has a student population of 587, 320 girls and 267 boys, with 35 teachers and six Jesuits working full time.  The school started 2017 with 700 students but this declined...
Chris Krall SJ outside Jesuit Missions office
Jesuit Missions is fielding a strong team of fourteen runners for the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon.  With the event only six weeks away the team are stepping up the training and calling out for sponsorship.This year a new team member is Fr Chris Krall SJ, an American Jesuit who recently joined the Campion Hall community in Oxford, where he is pursuing a Masters in Sacred Theology with the intention of continuing into a DPhil in Science and Religion. This will be Fr Chris’s...
Some 25,000 riders are expected on the 2017 London-Surrey 100
Jesuit Missions (JM) is inviting you to get on your bike to help raise funds for communities that it supports overseas. JM has secured five places in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 2017 event, which is taking place on 30 July 2017.The 100-mile route begins at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and takes in some of the most beautiful Surrey countryside on the way before ending on The Mall. Around 25,000 cyclists are expected to take part, raising money for their chosen charities. This year,...
Refugees at Jamam Camp, South Sudan: Wikimedia Commons
The Jesuits are responding to the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and other regions of Africa, where the United Nations has warned that 100,000 people are facing starvation. Even before Monday’s declaration that South Sudan is in the grip of a famine and the UK Government’s announcement of £200 million in aid to the country and to Somalia, Jesuit agencies have been distributing food, water and medical supplies and have been supplying humanitarian aid to thousands of communities.The Jesuits...