South Sudanese Name the Steps to Progress

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The people of South Sudan are at a crossroads. More than 4 decades of war destroyed lives, scattered communities and left whole generations bereft of formal education and cultural traditions. Two years after gaining independence, the South Sudanese are now working to define themselves as a people and a nation.

Hunger continues to be a major obstacle to progress. In the state of Jonglei, flooding, fighting and a lack of basic infrastructure often lead to food shortages. With generous funding from the American people through the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Jonglei Food Security program, led by Catholic Relief Services, aims to address the root causes of hunger in Jonglei by empowering people with skills that will help them provide for themselves, their families and their communities.

Government officials, CRS employees and farmers in Bor County, Jonglei, share their thoughts on the one thing they need to stop hunger.

All photos by Sara A. Fajardo/CRS

"The Jonglei Food Security Program is providing agriculture and training and this teaches people how to cultivate. We've formed farmers' groups and people are working together. People will no longer need to look for food in neighboring countries because t
Mary Ngok, 31, Farmer  "Peace among the communities will stop hunger in Jonglei. When other tribes stop raiding our cattle we will have milk production and cattle to sell."