Future of IU's South Sudan program in doubt

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The future is in doubt for Indiana University's program aimed at improving the education system in war-torn South Sudan.

Representatives from IU left South Sudan about a month ago, but IU officials are watching the conflict in the African country to see whether educational missions there can resume at some point.

IU international education center director Terry Mason tells The Herald Times (http://bit.ly/1gBRKOe ) that the South Sudan program is in a holding pattern until the State Department says it is safe to return.

The IU program is funded by $4.2 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Violence began in South Sudan on Dec. 15, forcing some 200,000 people to flee their homes in search of safety.

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