South Sudan at 10: Marking a decade of independence for the newest country in the world
9 July 2021
Friday 9 July marks the 10-year anniversary of South Sudan, the newest country in the world. The people of South Sudan have faced decades of conflict, hunger and now Covid-19 as a challenge - CAFOD and Trócaire stand in solidary with the people, our partners and the Church in South Sudan, in hope of a brighter future.
In partnership, CAFOD and Trócaire have worked in South Sudan since independence, through local experts and partners. Our programmes have supported families in need of emergency access to food and water, helped communities grow food crops in a sustainable manner, and worked with the Church on peacebuilding initiatives.
Over the past year, our programming has incorporated best practices to protect communities against Covid-19, such as distancing at trainings, and we’ve worked to support households that need to isolate with food packages, set up handwashing stations in schools and market places, and messaging on safe hygiene practices.
We’ve reached over 75,000 people with our programmes, and over 4.9 million people with Covid-19 hygiene messaging over radio.
Voices of hope
As South Sudan passes this milestone, we've caught up with some of the children who were born at the time of independence.
"My favourite subject at school is maths. I dream of becoming a pilot one day."
Huriya, who wants to live in a country of opportunities
Huriya, whose name means 'independence', wants to live in a country of opportunities, where she can live out her dreams:
"I love playing with my friends when they call my name, it makes me feel good. My favourite subject at school is maths. I dream of becoming a pilot one day."
Huriya's mum Loice says: "I'm proud of her, she is always in the top five in her class. May God continue to bless her. We pray for God's favour for a better future."
Your support and the Church network are helping to build a brighter future
The Church remains rooted in communities, building hope for a peaceful, better future.
Fr James Oyet Latansio says: "It gives us comfort to know that people thousands of miles away are hearing us, praying for us and supporting us, in our quest for a lasting peace, so that all peoples of South Sudan can transform their lives for the better.”