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Saint of the day February 8th

St. Josephine Bakhita

Lived: (c. 1868-1947) | Feast Day: Monday, February 8, 2016

For many years, Josephine Bakhita was a slave but her spirit was always free and eventually that spirit prevailed.Born in Olgossa in the Darfur region of southern Sudan, Josephine was kidnapped at the age of seven, sold into slavery and given the name Bakhita, which means fortunate. 396 more words


UN accused of 'shocking' lack of action over murder and rape in South Sudan

The UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has been accused of a “complete and utter failure” to protect civilians in one of the most dangerous and volatile parts of the war-ravaged country. 1,031 more words

Daily News

Roméo Dallaire and Shelly Whitman: Time to put the blue beret back on

As of October 2015, Canada has a total of 116 security personnel — police, military and observers — serving overseas as peacekeepers, which ranks us 66th in the world by total contributions to UN peacekeeping missions. 629 more words


A plane crash in South Sudan killed 37 people. Somehow, this 13-month-old survived

JUBA, South Sudan — A thirteen-month-old baby and a man were the only survivors of a cargo plane that crashed soon after taking off from a South Sudan airport, killing 37 people, a witness and relatives said Thursday. 395 more words


'Soldiers kill one of you and ask the other to eat the dead one': South Sudan report reveals horrors of civil war

Warning: Graphic content

In 2011, South Sudan became the world’s newest nation. Nearly 99 per cent of its inhabitants voted to split from the north, ending more than two decades of strife and transforming South Sudan’s brand-new capital of Juba into a sea of jubilation. 1,984 more words


'We die of hunger together': South Sudan civil war forces 900 people onto island smaller than football field

JUBA, South Sudan – Eight years ago Turuk Gatluak settled on Kok Island, a remote marshland in the vast swamps of South Sudan’s Unity state. He planted palm trees to hold the soil together and grew enough maize, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes to feed his wife and three children. 665 more words