As we begin the new year, South Sudan remains in crisis. The women's Centre in Juba has been closed since mid-December and will remained closed until it is safe to reopen. The women have either gone to their home villages or been evacuated to Uganda. The Centre has been able to assist with the evacuation to Uganda. To the best of our knowledge all are safe. Ruth Lugor was evacuated by the Canadian embassy and is in Nairobi. Anyieth D'Awol and her family were evacuated by the US embassy and are in Mozambique. This week however, Anyieth is in Nairobi to attend a conference hosted by USAID to discuss post conflict activities. Anyieth and Ruth will discuss interim solutions to aid the women while the Centre is closed. Our activities in the US continue to create opportunities to assist the women and their families. The Roots board is very active in seeking those opportunities. As stability returns to South Sudan we will apply for grants that can help grow the Centre's activities and provide educational, cultural and medical assistance for the members.
The Roots Project has been invited for the third time to the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe in July, 2014. This is one of the premier events in the US for International Folk Art. With the success of the SAWA events in 2013, we will plan a schedule of events for Fall, 2014. Additionally, home shows have always been very good in telling the story of the Centre and the women. We are always interested in shows that you are willing to host.
For the time being we will suspend volunteer activity going to Juba. Hopefully we can resume this activity soon.
The following are good sources of current information about South Sudan: , www.southsudannewsagency.com , www.suddinstitute.org , www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/africa . For bbc news click on news after or and then on Africa in the header bar.
We wish the people of South Sudan a peaceful year in 2014.