South Sudan, Cooperation programme

South Sudan cooperation programme

Number: 179.1001

The civil war has claimed over 400,000 human lives since the end of 2013. About 4,2 million people are displaced. Famine is making conditions even more wretched in many parts of the country. Government structures have largely collapsed, and the same is true for educational and healthcare facilities.

After a total of almost 50 years of civil war, the most ardent desire of the people of South Sudan is to live in peace. Mission 21 supports the commitment to peace on the part of its partner church, the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS), the Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency (PRDY) and the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), which launched the Action Plan for Peace in 2015.

Peace is essential for the country to reconstruct and develop. For this reason, peace work is a recurrent theme in all the work carried out by our partners on the ground. The PCOSS was originally domiciled in the war-torn region of Greater Upper Nile; it has since followed the refugees to other parts of the country and to the refugee camps. With admirable flexibility, it has resumed projects and is providing aid to the population in their distress. The SSCC reaches out to people all over the country through their structure. The churches are the only institutions that still enjoy the trust of the population. Consequently, our partner churches play a major part in helping the people of South Sudan not to give up, and not to lose their faith in peace and reconstruction.

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Programme goals

Mission 21 enables people in South Sudan to lead their lives in dignity. The main focus is on the overall objective of peace and, in particular, on initiating and developing peaceful inter-ethnic relations. Mission 21 has many years of experience in peace and trauma work, and also in educational work. The South Sudan Council of Churches' Action Plan for Peace integrates Mission 21's commitment within an ecumenical peace campaign that enjoys broad-based international support. 

Another focus is on education. Children are given the opportunity to go to school. Young women can train to earn a living and strengthen their role. In further training courses, young adults learn to deal with social issues in a socially critical way. In addition, there is a focus on income generation and food security.