Posted by: African Children's Book Project | May 23, 2012

PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd - South Sudan

By OFEIBEA QUIST-ARCTON

Students like those of Good Hope Basic Primary School in South Sudan are still catching up nearly a year after independence from Sudan.
EnlargeOfeibea Quist-Arcton/NPRStudents like those of Good Hope Basic Primary School in South Sudan are still catching up nearly a year after independence from Sudan.
May 20, 2012

The teachers’ staff-room is a charming thatched building adjacent to the classrooms overlooking the dusty recreation and assembly ground at Good Hope Basic Primary School in Bentiu, the capital of oil-rich Unity State in South Sudan.

Bentiu is near the disputed border with Sudan and within striking distance of Sudanese fighter jets and warplanes.

In recent weeks, there have been aerial bombardments targeting newly-independent South Sudan that both the White House and the United Nations have condemned. A U.N. Security Council resolution has told the two Sudans to stop fighting, sit down and negotiate a settlement to their outstanding disputes over oil and borders.

Students like Dalat Stephen Kuong, 17, worry that the fear of more air strikes is keeping…

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