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South Sudan 2017

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Brother Christian Mbam (right) talks with a farmer on a church-sponsored farm in Riimenze, South Sudan. Mbam is a Marist brother from Nigeria who serves as a technical consultant to an agricultural project. He is a member of Solidarity with South Sudan, a network of Catholic groups providing education and training in the new African nation.<br />
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Two workers on the farm were killed in political violence in 2016, and the village attacked at year end, provoking an exodus of almost 6000 people who fled their villages and took refuges around the church in Riimenze. Mbam's farm became a critical element in keeping them fed, and Solidarity provided food, water and shelter material to the displaced families.