COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

South Sudan Educates Girls (SSEG) was formed by a group of South Sudanese refugees and supporters living in Sydney, Australia. Its aim is to contribute to the rebuilding of Southern Sudan by increasing educational opportunities for girls.

To achieve this, SSEG is building a girls' high school in the town of Aweil in the remote North West corner of South Sudan, near Dafur.

The high school will provide quality education, as well as practical training to help build life skills to empower girls to participate in the new South Sudan. A second site is being developed for growing crops and cattle.

Some interesting statistics include:

South Sudan became an independent nation in July 2011 after decades of civil war. Sudan itself came under joint British/Egyptian rule in 1899 and did not gain independence until 1956. The artificial borders established in 1899 sought to bring many different people groups, cultures and religions into one nation. The result was almost constant tension and conflict.

The first civil conflict began in 1955 and the past 21 years have seen the most brutal civil conflict rage between the mostly Muslim North and the predominantly Christian South. The United Nations estimates that as many as 2 million people have been killed during that time with hundreds of thousands more displaced or victims of unspeakable crimes.

In this context SSEG seeks to bring hope and stability through education.

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