Radio Maria reports: Mission 21 against use of child soldiers

Drawing of a boy from the Muhaba Centre. Photo: Silvano Yokwe/Mission 21

Mission 21 has been working on the ground for years, first in Sudan; then in the new state after South Sudan's independence in 2011. In 2013-2018, a civil war raged in which child soldiers were also used by the conflict parties. Violence and weapons are still part of everyday life in South Sudan.

In an interview with editor Rahel Kölbener, Dorina Waldmeyer reports on the special situation in South Sudan, on Mission 21's projects, especially the promotion of education for children and young people and theological training for a change towards peace. The work is done together with the partner churches and organizations, because the churches are almost the only reliable organizations for the population.

Also joining us from South Sudan is Father James Oyet Latansio, general secretary of the (ecumenical) Federation of South Sudanese Churches. He gives an impressive account of the crises that characterize South Sudan and the day-to-day challenges. He also reports about the cooperation with Mission 21 and how important this is on different levels to promote a development of South Sudan towards peace.

► Listen to the whole program on the website of Radio Maria

► Mission 21 peacebuilding project in South Sudan

► Education for disadvantaged children and youth in South Sudan

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