South Sudan: A Call for Peace

Gabriel Bol Deng

BY CHRIS KERRJanuary 8, 2014


After 20 years of a brutal civil war South Sudan become the world’s youngest country in 2011.   It appeared that the situation was stabilizing for those who endured such violence.  However, this December violence again broke out and now at least 1,000 people have been killed by conflict and over 200,000 have been forced from their homes by fighting.

Gabriel Bol DengGabriel Bol Deng is the Founder and Executive Director of  HOPE for Ariang Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing South Sudanese children with inclusive access to education, opportunities, and resources, with a special focus on women and girls.

As a 10-year old boy Gabriel escaped a violent attack by North Sudanese militamen and embarked on a four-month long journey crossing the Nile River and untold miles of desert; surviving disease, and devastating hunger to reach the Dimma Refugee Camp in Ethiopi. In 2001, Gabriel came to the United States as a part of a refugee resettlement program.  He is a graduate of Le Moyne College a Jesuit university in upstate New York.

Gabriel offers perspectives on the reality of South Sudan and invites the international community to support an end to the fighting that will lead to peace for the fledgling South Sudan.


1 reply
  1. Joseph
    Joseph says:

    Gabriel’s approach is the best system to help people to help themselves through education. What Gabriel is doing is amazing. We applaud him and his co-workers.


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