Video: South Sudan in crisis

By Matthew Davies
Posted May 12, 2014

[Episcopal News Service] South Sudan is facing its greatest challenge since becoming an independent nation almost three years ago.

Fighting erupted last December after South Sudan President Salva Kiir accused his sacked former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup.

But even as hope emerged on May 9 when the two rivals agreed to a truce and to forming a transitional government ahead of fresh elections, the humanitarian crisis is vast and the South Sudanese are desperately in need of the world’s support.

The conflict has left thousands dead and more than 1.2 million people have fled their homes.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has called the church to prayer. But in addition to prayer, she says that the church has a duty to study and to act. To find out more, visit:

— Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service.