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

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on June 10, 2015 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (4)

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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 rob.a.lancaster on November 12, 2014 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

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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Different worlds: refugees and security in Australia and South Sudan

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on December 21, 2013 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I’ve just arrived back in Australia after two years away. I have the good fortune to have been born here, and the luxury (finances permitting) of coming whenever I like.


Australia oozes a sense of comfort. As always, a beautiful country it is still a land of opportunity. A coffee is extortionately priced, but given that this is my only complaint about day to day living since I’ve been home, things can’t be too rough.


Comfort for some, I sh...

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The toolkit of a peacemaker - South Sudan

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on May 8, 2013 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

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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