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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...

What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Guest Blog: South Sudan's Most Vulnerable Face Hard Struggles In World's Youngest Country

Brian McAfee
2838 Mason Blvd.
Muskegon Hts., Michigan USA  49444
(231) 737-8726

South Sudan's Most Vulnerable Face Hard Struggles In World's Youngest Country

 by Brian McAfee

Latest reports now indicate that about 34,000 South Sudanese civilians have sought  refuge in United Nations missions in Juba and Bor.  South Sudan, having only recently come into existence as an independent nation, July 9, 2011, has a population of 11,367,276 (  Since fighting broke out on December 15 about 500 thought to be killed and about 800 wounded. It began when former vice president Riek Machar, who had been fired from his position this past July, Machar's attacks against the South Sudan military and President Salva Kiir's  responses appear to have primarily  only resulted in tens of thousands of the civilian population  left in desperate situations, many homeless with injuries and possibly thousands of orphans.

One of the more alarming attacks was the one that occurred on Dec. 20 in which 20 Dinka (a native ethnic group) were killed in an attack on a UN compound where the Dinka were being sheltered from just such attacks.  Despite this singular case the UN and UN peacekeepers are and will be an indispensable element for a safe and secure South Sudan.  

Some demographics, 82% of SS is Christian, 18 Islamic. Primary natural resources, copper, chromium ore, zinc, mica, silver,  gold and diamonds. One problem area (in which South Sudan is definitely not alone) is access to drinkable water.

While it seems about half the population do have relatively easy access to water many, too many do not. This is a fundamental rights issue that people should bear in mind for everyone.

I urge and appreciate any cocideration of people donating- I of course suggest the UN, especially UNICEF and also OXFAM, they have been working in both Sudan and South Sudan (as long as SS has existed).

If you have any thoughts or comments write me at:

Note: Here some additional articles for background information (ALM):

South Sudan became an independent state on 9 July 2011,

"MINERAL OCCURRENCES AND EXPLORATION WORK DONE IN SOUTH SUDAN. • There are a vast number of metallic minerals spread all over the South Sudan: gold, copper, zinc, lead, manganese, iron, silver, tin, etc. • Also industrial minerals exist: marble, limestone, dolomite, kaolin, clay, asbestos, etc. • Apart from gold at Kapoeta and Luri; copper at Hofrat Ennahas, bauxite/iron ore at Wau area and marble at Kapoeta..."