June 25, 2010

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    Conflict in Sudan: John Bakoyego, a teenager who escaped abduction

Conflict in Sudan: John Bakoyego, a teenager who escaped abduction

By |25 June 2010|

That day, I was sent to the village with my uncle. When we reached it, we didn’t see anyone. But the LRA were sitting under the granary watching. My uncle saw them but didn’t say anything, and he started to run, but he ran in the wrong direction. I ran too. They caught him and I managed to escape because their attention was on catching him. They were kicking him down, he was crying, and when I was running I could still hear his cries. He was 12 years old. I was afraid I would also be arrested. I ran into the bush, the LRA still following me, but I was running faster. I ran past a place where we had hidden some items in the bush in case of an LRA attack – a jerrycan, plates and saucepans - and they started to take those items and forgot about [...]

Conflict in Sudan: Taritizio Nzeme son was abducted

By |25 June 2010|

“We were living in Andari. We left because of an attack by the LRA. They first started attacking people in Congo, then attacked Andari and abducted one of my sons. I went to a trading centre and sent two boys to get tobacco for me, but when they arrived home they met LRA at the house. And the LRA abducted my son. He was the only boy captured in the village that day. Right now, he’s still with the LRA. I know because one woman who escaped from them told me she met him and that they cut his arm off. I don’t know now if he’s alive, but I know that he lost his arm. Because he continued trying to alert someone, so they punished him. He’s lucky it was just that and that he was not killed. I feel really bad for him. I don’t think he will [...]

Conflict in South Sudan

By |25 June 2010|

In a major joint project with United Nations and EU agencies, Caritas is providing emergency aid to victims of LRA attacks in Southern Sudan. Around 1.8 million refugees and displaced people returned to their homes in Southern Sudan over the last years as the fighting finally seemed to have come to an end after twenty years of civil war. Many people had been away from home all those years. Just as they were returning however, inter-tribal violence and attacks from the Ugandan rebel group Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) sparked off again, killing an estimated 250 people. Around 100,000 people had to flee their homes once more in 2009. Caritas is providing 400,000 euro to help 5,000 households in the Diocese of Tombura-Yambio, Western Equatoria. The aid  includes paying the salaries of support staff for water, sanitation and hygiene activities, peace building projects and distributions of seeds, tools, household kits and food.  [...]

March 1, 2010

Food emergency in South Sudan

By |1 March 2010|

Over 1.5 million people in South Sudan are facing a widespread food emergency caused by droughts and conflict. Caritas is appealing for US$ 3,4 million (EUR 2,3 million) to give vital food aid in Western and Eastern Equatoria states. South Sudan is one of the poorest, most underdeveloped countries in the world with 16 percent of the people malnourished, nine out of ten people living on less than $1 a day, and the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. On top of the daily struggle to live, drought and conflict have pushed already poor communities into desperation. Suffering on two fronts  Dry spells have compounded hailed harvest in 2008 and 2009 inEastern Equatoria. Many areas will not expect a harvest now until mid-2010. Over a 800,000 people are in need. Conflict in Western Equatoria has rapidly spiraled after the arrival of a militia called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) late last year. As many [...]

December 2, 2009

South Sudan on the brink

By |2 December 2009|

The bishop’s map shows hit-and-run attacks peppering the length of Sudan’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The raids are recorded village-by-village in tallies of killed, wounded, abducted. In Bangolo, five killed, four wounded, and eleven abducted over two days in January. In Gangura, six killed and six abducted in December. In Luru, three killed and four girls abducted on Christmas Day. On it goes. Survivors from the small villages that lie deep within the dense rainforests of southern Sudan’s Western Equatoria State have told Catholic Church workers about rebels with machetes, axes, and guns who murder, rape, and then steal men, women and children. “They cut people into pieces,” said Bishop Eduardo Kussala of Tombura Yambio in Western Equatoria. He says a group of Ugandan rebels called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) are responsible for the “inhuman”, “sick” acts of violence. Originally based in northern Uganda, LRA rebels have been [...]

November 3, 2008

Aid against the odds in Darfur

By |3 November 2008|

This is some of what Caritas and its partners have done in Darfur from January to March 2008: Helped 250,000 people Given household items to 12,700 who’re without homes Drilled 18 boreholes and got 106 handpumps working Treated 50,000 illnesses Fed nearly 9000 pregnant women, new mothers, babies and toddlers Set up eight sports teams for peace It’s just a fraction of the hard work carried out in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, all against a backdrop of danger to aid workers and the people they’re trying to help. The work covers helping those who’ve lost their homes in the conflict - with that number growing all the time. It also means working in existing camps to provide clean water and sanitation, health and nutrition, counselling, education, and getting agriculture going again. In February and March, 125 midwives and traditional birth attendants from across South and West Darfur attended a five-day refresher training course funded by Caritas partners. The [...]

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