South Sudan | Years of suffering and violence led to the creation of South Sudan in 2011. Now more fighting threatens to kill it. The story of how a young republic escaped Christian persecution, then quickly devolved into civil war, is an ongoing drama marked by danger
by Jamie Dean
Posted 2/15/17, 12:31 pm
Part I: Land that I love
On a foggy day in late January, John Chol Daau sat next to a wide window overlooking the Atlantic Ocean near Charleston, S.C., not far from the site of the opening salvo of the Civil War.
The South Sudanese pastor was visiting the United States to attend a conference for Anglican clergy, but another civil war weighed on his mind: the battle raging for the future of his own country.
More than 25 years ago, Daau fled his village in southern Sudan, as forces from the Islamic north invaded the predominantly Christian and animist south.