Magazine article Anglican Journal

Reliving the Violence of South Sudan: Inspiring the Faithful since 1875

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Reliving the Violence of South Sudan: Inspiring the Faithful since 1875

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A refugee camp in northern Uganda was the last place the Rev. Reuben Garang expected to be reunited with his brothers and sisters. They had been separated for 25 years, following the second Sudanese civil war in the 1980s.

Garang, now an Anglican priest living in Winnipeg and a Canadian, had planned an emotional reunion to take place Dec. 2013 in Jonglei, South Sudan. He hadn't been there since his teens. He bought little gifts for his relatives and looked forward to saying prayers for his late parents and basking in the independence that South Sudan achieved in July 2011. Instead, he found himself reliving the nightmare he thought was over.

When Garang left Canada on Dec. 15, he was unaware that, on that same day, a new and bloody conflict along ethnic lines had erupted between the forces of President Salva Kiir and the allies of his former vice-president, Riek Machar.

Garang arrived in Uganda on Dec. 17 and was told by his sister-in-law that his cousin was among those confirmed dead; other relatives were making plans to flee. …

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