Peace in South Sudan
South Sudan became an independent country in 2011; however, tensions between it and Sudan quickly grew. The largest conflict was the transportation of oil through the countries with neither agreeing to allow it through their respective countries. We worked with Bishop Elias Taban to create a dialogue with South Sudan’s President Kiir and the US State Department. Before Secretary Clinton’s visit to the country, Bishop Taban wrote an op-ed in the New York Times calling for a compromise between Sudan and South Sudan. Secretary Clinton and President Kiir discussed this article and a compromise between the two countries was agreed upon the next day.
However, civil unrest was growing in South Sudan as two coalitions formed; one sided with the president and the other sided with the vice president. With Bishop Taban, we lobbied the Vatican to address the issue. Pope Francis addressed it in his Christmas Day address and the conflict ended a few weeks later. Bishop Taban was awarded the Global Citizen Award in 2013.