South Sudan’s Salva Kiir and Riek Machar to talk in Ethiopia – South Sudan News

The first face-to-face meeting between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar since mass violence began in December is due to take place in Ethiopia.

Both men have arrived in the capital, Addis Ababa ahead of the talks.

The conflict in the world’s newest state has left thousands dead and more than one million homeless. Continue reading “South Sudan’s Salva Kiir and Riek Machar to talk in Ethiopia – South Sudan News”

South Sudan sides ‘recruit 9,000 children to fight’ – South Sudan News

More than 9,000 child soldiers have been fighting in South Sudan’s brutal civil war, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has said.

Both the army and rebel forces had recruited the children, she said.

Ms Pillay said South Sudan faced the threat of a famine, but there was an “apparent lack of concern” on the part of its leaders. Continue reading “South Sudan sides ‘recruit 9,000 children to fight’ – South Sudan News”

World Malaria Day

10259842_623322007750081_5127687786209645738_nApril 25th is World Malaria Day.

Malaria kills 2,800 toddlers (1-5 yrs) every day in Africa.

For many years GRN has served the people of South Sudan by distributing mosquito nets to the poor and needy. FACT…mosquito nets save lives. You can help save a life for less than the cost of a lunch or a couple trips to the coffee shop. GRN will be distributing nets to the people of Koggi very soon. Rainy season has just begun and the need for nets is great. Please go to our website ( www.grnconnect.org/donate ) and make a donation today. And remember… EVERY PENNY that you designate for mosquito nets goes toward the purchase of mosquito nets. Thank you for your heart of compassion.

 

South Sudan attacks an abomination, says White House – South Sudan Update

The massacre of hundreds of civilians in South Sudan is an “abomination” and a betrayal of the people by their leaders, the White House has said.

Rebels have denied a UN report that they killed civilians after taking over the oil hub of Bentiu last week.

The US statement said President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar must make it clear that such attacks were unacceptable. Continue reading “South Sudan attacks an abomination, says White House – South Sudan Update”

St. Patrick’s Day ~ The Real Story

st-patrick-london-ohio_1394536906People often mistake March 17 as a birthday celebration for St. Patrick. Actually, no one knows the true date when Patrick was born. March 17 is the known date when he died at ripe old age. Although it is not clear exactly when he was born, much speculation leads to the year of 387 AD,  during the reign of Roman Emperor Theodocius I (r.379 to 395), who, after his own conversion, converted the entire Empire to Christianity in 380. Continue reading “St. Patrick’s Day ~ The Real Story”

A Word – From Dickson Mutiso

302567_170701559690660_1438446963_nThings are going well here, at Camp Koggi, by the grace of God. We (the GRN Team on the ground) were so blessed to have Tom, while this country is still bleeding from the December15th, 2013 civil unrest! Thank you to all who made it possible for him to be with us here.

We thank everyone for their support (in prayers, moral and material support). Without them times would have been tougher; for we believe in prayers to God as you do. We appreciate the gift of the 10Kva generator and its installation (sitting in its new house). It is working smoothly, and is super silent, just as the seller said! The brick laying work is going well at the camp, and next week we hope to start getting firewood to burn the dry ones. (Bricks for a new church, GRN building, ect.)

May our Lord God shower you with His blessings abundantly, in Jesus name, Amen. With love, Dickson Mutiso

South Sudan ceasefire ‘ends’ amid Malakal fighting ~ South Sudan News

Fighting has broken out in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, officials say, in the first major clashes since the government and rebels signed a ceasefire agreement in January.
Both sides have accused each other of starting the violence in Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile state.

The government says there has been fighting in most parts of the town.

The clashes will again fuel concerns over the security of oilfields in the north – the backbone of the economy.

“The rebels are well-equipped” Continue reading “South Sudan ceasefire ‘ends’ amid Malakal fighting ~ South Sudan News”