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Selkirk peace studies instructor returns from South Sudan

An inspiring trip for a Selkirk College instructor who has returned from conflict ridden South Sudan.

Randy Janzen teachers under the Peace Studies program and travelled to the country this summer as part of an Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping initiative.

Nonviolent Peaceforce is an international organization with half the members from all around the world and the other half South Sudanese.

Janzen says he was struck by the courage, tenacity and hope of the South Sudanese members.

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Janzen says their research has shown the chances of an unarmed peacekeeper being killed is ten times less than an armed military peacekeeper.

Picture – Selkirk College Instructor Randy Janzen was part of a team that included these three unarmed civilian peacekeepers working in an isolated Dinka community, where ethnic Nuer have recently arrived to escape the armed conflict in their region.

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