Have a Heart Adoption in Sudan

The Maitri Movement runs Have a Heart Adoption scheme in Sudan since 1998. The Salesian Sisters carry out the programme, on our behalf, in Hilla Mayo, south of Khartoum.

South Sudan – peace or war?

The North and South Sudan signed the peace agreement, ending the Second Sudanese Civil War, in 2005 in Naivasha (Kenya). South Sudan gained its independence in 2011, yet, people still don’t feel safe. The independence didn’t end the internal conflicts. The 2013-2015 civil war displaced 2.2 million people and caused large migration within the country. The peace is still very fragile and Sudanese leave in constant fear and danger. Most affected areas are in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region, Jonglei and Unity, the province of South Kordofan. After the 2005 peace agreement, the vast majority of South Sudanese went home. According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 1.2 million people returned to South Sudan, between 2007 and 2009. Yet, there are still many refugees living outside of their home country.

The refugees don’t usually come back to their old homes as they don’t exist anymore. They tend to move to more urban areas. It is particularly visible in Juba which becomes more and more multicultural due to different tribes settling there. This new establishment causes a lot of tension between the people speaking different languages.