In light of the recent violence in South Sudan, Mennonite Central Committee is staying closely in touch with the churches and our partners in South Sudan. Thousands have been displaced and foreigners have been evacuated, following the fighting that started last Sunday in the capital, Juba. The fighting has subsided in Juba, but has spread to rural areas, especially Jonglei and Unity states.

All MCC service workers in South Sudan are safe and are out of the country on a previously scheduled trip. MCC also has three national staff in South Sudan. One has been able to travel to be with family outside the country; however we have not had contact with the other two national staff for the past few days and are unsure of their present location. Communications in parts of South Sudan are difficult, but we are continuing to try to reach them and are hoping to hear from them soon.

There will be much work to do, and MCC is continuing to assess the situation in South Sudan and is working with churches and partners there to assess how best to respond. MCC will release more information as our plans are developed.

We invite you to continue praying for the people and churches in South Sudan during this discouraging time, for the fragile peace in the world’s newest country and for MCC staff and partners as they plan ongoing work.