18 March 2009
|JRS projects like this construction site were put to a halt during the strikes of the war veterans. (Peter Balleis SJ/JRS)|
|During the 22-year civil war between the SPLA/M and the Khartoum government which came to an end with the peace agreement in 2005 more than two million people lost their lives and four million were displaced within and outside Sudan.|
Across the border with Uganda,
the soldiers closed markets, shops, schools as well as government and NGO
offices sending employees on forced leave. The move was intended to put
pressure on the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) to pay the five months due.
Last September a similar strike took place in which one of the veterans was shot dead and others were injured.
However, the recent strike was peaceful, loss of life and destruction of
properties were not registered during the days of instability which came to an
end on Sunday 22nd after a series of talks between the government and the
War causes extreme displacement
During the 22-year civil war between the SPLA/M and the Khartoum government which came to an end with the peace agreement in 2005 more than two million people lost their lives and four million were displaced within and outside Sudan. The war veterans who now went on strike sustained injuries during this war and have to live with the impairments. There are more than four hundred of them in Nimule.
JRS believes in the importance of education for all. Education would assist the war veterans and their children to build their capacities and help them earn a sustainable livelihood.