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Edward Dima

The pastor of a Baptist church in South Sudan hasn’t seen his hometown in nearly 1,000 days. Many members of his church are among the 800,000 refugees living in camps in Uganda, driven out by an ongoing civil war. […] Read More

A recently signed peace agreement offers hope, tempered by realism, for a formal and final end to the multi-year conflict in the African nation of South Sudan. […] Read More

Conflict has placed eight nations at either “high risk” of or “on watch” for food insecurity as 2018 begins, according to a United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) quarterly report for January to March 2018. The nations deemed to be at “high risk” of food insecurity due to ongoing or intermittent conflict are Afghanistan, […] Read More

More than 2 million children in South Sudan have fled their homes. The number of child refugees is now more than a million and another million-plus are internally displaced as a result of the nation’s ongoing civil war. Additionally, “nearly three quarters of the country’s children are out of school – the highest proportion of […] Read More

Edward Dima is senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Kajo-Keji in South Sudan, president of the Baptist Convention of South Sudan, principal of North East Africa Theological Seminary South Sudan, chairman of the evangelical churches in Kajo-Keji and a church planter for the Kajo-Keji Baptist Region. 1. Where did you grow up? A small […] Read More

Baptist and Catholic leaders have addressed the United Nations’ Feb. 20 formal declaration of famine in South Sudan. The South Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat issued a pastoral letter on Feb. 23 emphasizing that the ongoing civil war, which has displaced millions and caused the current famine, has “no moral justification whatsoever.” Edward Dima, pastor of […] Read More

Baptists in South Sudan are ministering to refugees and internally displaced persons amid increasing violence in the African nation. The civil war, begun in 2013, has caused 1.5 million to flee to neighboring countries and displaced 2.1 million, according to U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson William Spindler. “The Baptist convention of South Sudan is trying […] Read More

First Baptist Church in Kajo Keji, South Sudan, is struggling to find sufficient supplies to help the more than 200 internally displaced persons (IDPs) it is hosting. Edward Dima, pastor of the congregation, told EthicsDaily.com that “there is no food … no clothing, no medical supplies. The situation is very alarming.” There are more than […] Read More

Lower rainfall totals, poor harvests, soaring food prices and an economic downturn, coupled with ongoing conflict, have created record levels of food insecurity in South Sudan, according to a U.N. World Food Programme report. Nearly half of the nation’s 11.8 million people are food insecure (49 percent), an 11-point increase from 2014. In addition, 12 […] Read More

The end of Sudan’s two-decade civil war in 2005 brought hope, but not stability or lasting peace. A peace treaty led eventually to a 2011 referendum that resulted in South Sudan becoming a free and independent nation. The triumph would be short-lived, however, continuing a tumultuous history within the African nation – a painful reality […] Read More