Southern Sudan: Address real needs of striking war veterans
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.
Nimule, 18 March 2009 Armed war veterans of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) went on strike in the streets of Nimule, Southern Sudan, stopping all activities. According to IRIN they have not been receiving their benefits for the last five months. 

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 veterans. 

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.







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