Ethnic minorities in South Sudan's camps face insecurity in warring nation

South Sudan's future is bound up with fear, something on vivid and visceral display at the large United Nations camps outside of the capital of Juba. At the Protection of Civilians, or POC, Camp #3, nearly 40,000 people are congested into an area that is only a quarter-square mile. As people violently uprooted from their homes, they are trapped, afraid to leave the compound.

Asylum-seekers find safe haven, fresh start under sisters' care

Many religious congregations support the program Asylee Women Enterprise, which has helped over 400 women asylum-seekers achieve independence. The congregations provide volunteering, housing for the women and financial aid for the center's program. The first woman who came to them, just before Christmas 2010, was pregnant and fleeing war-torn Afghanistan. "Sarah" had nowhere to go and didn't know anyone in her new country, where she hoped to gain asylum. The Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore took her in, and her baby boy was born on Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany.

Stories of statelessness

Malaysia is the destination country of thousands of migrant persons known as Rohingya, an ethnic group long settled but denied citizenship in their birth country of Myanmar. The Rohingya ethnicity implies Muslim religious identification, making them a double minority in Myanmar. This column reflects the experiences of our Good Shepherd Sisters' shelters in Malaysia, giving a small glimpse of the vast perils and occasional small victories of the human spirit told through stories.