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Sister Barbara Paleczny, a School Sister of Notre Dame from Canada, leads displaced teachers in morning stretching and yoga exercises in Agok, a town in the contested Abyei region where tens of thousands of people fled in 2011 after an attack by soldiers and militias from the northern Republic of Sudan on most parts of Abyei. Sister Paleczny is a member of Solidarity with South Sudan, an international network of religious orders and congregations assisting the newly independent country train teachers, health care personnel, and pastoral workers. The teachers in Agok were part of a continuing education program run by Solidarity with South Sudan at the request of the local Catholic parish. .