The history of Sudan in the 20th century was marked by war, tribal conflict, and genocide. In post-colonial Sudan, communities faced state inspired marginalization and religious persecution.
There was little socio-economic development in the southern portions of Sudan. As a result , a secessionist war broke out between the Khartoum based Central government and the Southern communities. After decades of protracted fighting, an Independent republic of South Sudan was formed.
The new country of South Sudan …
The new country of South Sudan faced the challenges of communities competing for resources and management of the country’s oil wealth. The rural folks felt forgotten by the political elites in Juba. The country’s oil wealth was not used to improve the livelihood of most South Sudanese. The hope for a better future faded away as the central government became unable to support rural communities as they tried to rebuild their lives. A disgruntled population divided itself along ethnic lines, and a new war started. Millions of people fled the country, and millions more were killed as the country descended into chaos again.
Dr. Arik’s family has deep roots in South Sudan, and his family has suffered every injustice and tragedy imaginable. Just like the country of South Sudan, they are recovering and rebuilding. Dr. Arik’s dream of a new health clinic, a proper school, and peace for his community is the dream of many South Sudanese. The people of South Sudan have been resilient in the face of adversity for decades. Lou Ariik village is a microcosm of the country of South Sudan. With the leadership of dedicated citizens like Dr. Arik, they will bring their village and their country into the 21st century.
We envision self-reliant remote villages in South Sudan living in peace, empowering healthy and educated women.
To build resilient remote villages in South Sudan through locally-led quality maternal & child health, Inclusive Education and Peace building programs
Akougook Initiative aims to achieve the following Sustainable Development Goals.