Aid needed for victims of flooding in South Sudan

October 31, 2013 by Jonathan Foggin

Flooding has damaged churches, homes, and roads throughout the Diocese of Aweil.

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In recent years, most of the reporting by Western media on the situation in Sudan has focused on the country's decades long civil war, and though a fragile peace has been in place since 2005, people on the border still face a threat of danger from armed gangs.  However, more recently another obstacle to peace and prosperity has arisen--massive flooding which has destroyed crops, disrupted trade, and severely damaged what limited infrastructure the impoverished nation may possess.

Two days ago, The Sudan Times reported that the strategic Gule-Nimule road, which supports trade between South Sudan and Uganda, was washed out, leaving between five and seven hundred vehicles and their passengers stranded.  Since the rains began in August, it is estimated that over 150,000 people have been affected by the flooding, and though relief efforts have finally reached the area, many still find themselves in need of food, clothing, and fresh water. Though the UN is spearheading relief efforts, particularly in terms of providing medicine and food, the Diocese will need funds to rebuild and continue its mission of taking the good news of Christ to the people of South Sudan.

At the ACC's recent Provincial Synod, Bishop Wilson Garang of the Diocese of Aweil gave an impassioned plea for help for his people.  He reports than many of his parishioners are dying from preventable disease and that hunger is endemic in the affected areas.  Churches are falling down and homes are flooded.  Still, the people keep their faith, though they call on their brethren in the west for help.  If you would like to help Bishop Garang in this effort, he asks first for your prayers.  For those who are moved to donate, funds may be forwarded to the Diocese of Aweil through the Missionary Society of St. Paul (MSSP).  Clicking on the link below will take you to a site where online donations can be made.

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