South Sudan’s Costly Conflict and the Urgent Role of Religious Leaders

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In 2013, two years after South Sudan’s formation as the world’s newest nation, a costly civil war erupted that has ensnared the South Sudanese people and the nation’s developmental and consolidation process for more than five years. The article explores the current conflict against its historical backdrop, proposing a greater role for religious leaders in the peace and reconciliation processes. It draws upon original interview data generated in 2018 from dozens of South Sudanese informants as a direct window into the effects of the conflict and into the prospects for peace and reconciliation within the context.

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Lucy Poni Modi

Lucy Poni is a media specialist with experience in radio journalism, investigative journalism and editorial team management. She has extensive experience in developing, managing and directing reporters to do stories, and she has cultivated sources in both North and South Sudan. She has also extensive experience in programming and has hosted another of programs at Sudan Radio Service. She also produced and helped mentor female journalists in border areas of South Sudan with Sudan on reporting on women issues. Lucy began her professional career at the African Investigative News Service in Kenya. She has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration specializing in Human Resource Development.

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