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Kuajok, South Sudan - small steps towards a major paradigm shift

Posted by on June 10, 2015 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (422)

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South Sudan. As if further commentary was needed, when patently it’s not, here I go…

Apart from a few attempts by a very few people, on every side in South Sudan it seems most people are clear that someone else is the problem. Many people blame the leaders or IGAD ...

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Adopting hope, orphaned by war

Posted by on November 12, 2014 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (3)

Having just returned to my base in the UK from Yei, South Sudan, after spending a month with 70 participants from across the country for a shared journey of listening and dialogue, I’m full of hope for South Sudan, at the same time conscious of how little hope many have.

When I return to my home in Australia, friends inevitably question – with the best of intentions – my reasons for getting involved. For a country that, from one reading (often proliferated ...

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The toolkit of a peacemaker - South Sudan

Posted by on May 8, 2013 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (722)

Rob Lancaster from Australia was one of the team responsible for training the peace and reconciliation mobilizers. This was his speech to the graduates of the four-week course which concluded on 1 May.


Speech for closing ceremony of Peace and Reconciliation Mobiliser training – Juba, 1 May 2013

There are many South Sudanese in Australia right now, playing a part in writing the newest chapter in Australia’s multicultural history. So it’s a pleasure to...

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Conferencing on Mountains

Posted by on October 26, 2012 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (3)

For the last four years, somewhere around the final week of June, I’ve made my way up the mountain from the Swiss city of Montreux, famous for its Jazz festival, to the rather less famous village of Caux, 1,000m up the mountainside towards the distant Rochers de Naye.


I’m not the only one to keep coming back. I roughly calculated that about 100,000 people hours, overwhelmingly from volunteers , are invested in the Caux Conferences each year. It’s certa...

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