South Sudan

Peacekeeper Award goes to Canadian Woman on International Women's Day - 08 March 2012

Canadian-born Tiffany Easthom is today named as “Civilian Peacekeeper of the Year” by the NGO, Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP).

Tiffany Easthom, who is currently serving as NP’s Country Director for South Sudan, has also run field projects for NP in Sri Lanka and for Peace Brigades International (PBI) in Indonesia. In announcing the award, co-chair of NP’s International Governing Council Simonetta Costanzo Pittaluga had this to say:

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Diary of a Peacekeeper in South Sudan

By Lea Krivchenia

I sit on a sack of something – probably sorghum – in a trailor attached to a tractor, bracing myself against the bumps, a constant exercise on any road in South Sudan. The moon is bright above us, providing the only light in between the cattle camps, where you can see cooking fires and the occasional flashlight. On the horizon you can see the dull glow of the few towns in the area with generators and therefore electric light – the land is so flat that you can see the light from these towns 20 kilometers away.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

NP deploying 8 field teams in South Sudan

Nonviolent Peaceforce is expanding rapidly in South Sudan, in response to the growing protection needs and insecurity in the world’s newest country.  By the end of this month, NP will have 8 field teams deployed across 5 different states of South Sudan, using the unique methodology of unarmed civilian peacekeeping to reduce violence and increase the safety and security of civilians affected by violent conflict.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Day to Save a Life

It was late Sunday night when I received a call from the County Commissioner of Uror. He was asking if we could respond to a rape case, the survivor had arrived in his compound that same day. My reply was, “We will, but not at this time, we will come tomorrow morning.” We are based in a deep-field location that is subject to frequent insecurity and traveling out at night would put the whole team at risk. So we would have to wait for the daylight.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Capacities and Vulnerabilities Assessment, Leer Town

Aid agencies are speaking out to draw international attention to the likelihood of famine in South Sudan.  Famine is the next phase of the crisis that started in December 2013 that has already included targeting of civilians by armed actors, massive displacement, and an outbreak of cholera.  It is important for us to realize that being food insecure does not only mean malnutrition and starvation for the affected population, it also leads to their increased exposure to violence.  Nonviolent Peaceforce demonstrates this connection between food insecurity and increased risk of v

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Food at a Cost

The threat of famine in South Sudan is real, and civilians are already risking rape, abduction, and murder in their search for food.


By Sterling Carter

Leer, South Sudan –

Here, humanitarians are witnessing the shadows of a looming famine. Leer, home of opposition leader Riek Machar, saw heavy fighting in February and government control through mid-April, when opposition forces retook the city. Over 1500 homes burned, and the once vibrant market, one of the largest in the region, was reduced to a broken husk of rusted iron shacks.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

We’re the cowboys of the organization

By Sterling Carter

It’s been a slow couple weeks in Juba. I was supposed to be out on mission earlier in the week, but due to circumstances outside of my control, I was never manifested on the flight and found myself grounded for another week in the capital.

I’m on the mobile protection team – a new approach to protection mainstreaming that is being led by Nonviolent Peaceforce. The idea is to integrate the protection of civilians into the overall humanitarian response in a sustained, meaningful way.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Poem for the Day of the African Child

I am an African child
Born with a skin, the colour is black
Bright, brilliant and articulate
Being born from Africa doesn’t focus at the colour, race or tribes
Talented enough to be the best
I am an African child

Often the target of pity
My future is a sign of Unity and Peace in South Sudan
Give me the gift of a lifetime;
Give me a dream, a door of opportunity and;
I will thrive
I am an African child

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Mission Preparedness Training in South Sudan, May 2014

I arrived to the small hot Juba airport on April 24th. The airport doesn't have luggage belts or an intercom, or much in the way of signs as to where to go. However, with the information that was forwarded to me by my colleagues from NP in South Sudan before I left, I got through immigration, security and baggage claim. The security man went through my luggage and was very impressed (and confused) with my cigarette roller. I arrived out into the dust and heat of Juba to wait for my pick up.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Peace and Security Funders Group tele-briefing on the South Sudan crisis

The international humanitarian and donor community convened in Oslo, Norway, on May 20th for a pledging conference on South Sudan, hosted by the Government of Norway in collaboration with the U.N. The conference garnered an additional $600 million to avert a looming famine.  But there was a great deal of frustration among the donors. The South Sudan crisis is taking place while the world commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide and the 10th anniversary of the Darfur genocide.  What have we learned?   Is it time for innovation and transformation.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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