THE END OF THE YEAR IN SOUTH SUDAN
December 15th, first anniversary of the outbreak of internal fighting in South Sudan has come and gone without any serious incidents. The people of South Sudan are very focussed on anniversaries; so it is pleasing there were no problems. A few weeks ago there was fighting and evident tension between the tribes in the UN compound in Malakal. Last night Fr Mike Bassano, one of our Solidarity priests, who has been there the past few weeks sent this text message:
‘Hi, Had world aids awareness day here with all the tribes singing and dancing together in a real show of unity. May it continue as all is calm this evening’.
Our Solidarity team members gathered together in Juba to share and reflect on what we are doing and to participate in a strategic planning process initiated by the Solidarity Board in Rome.
We had 24 registered nurses, 18 midwives and 29 teachers graduate during this past month. There was much rejoicing and celebrating success after the years of studyThe people of South Sudan know how to celebrate well. Many don’t have much by way of possessions but they do know how to rejoice with friends. . I know from past year that the Christmas and New Year liturgies will be crowded but joyful events held outside as the congregation are always too large for the many Churches.When you don’t have much you appreciate more what you have and what you can do.
Thanks to all our supporters for enabling us to be part of the South Sudanese journey to peace and opportunity – even if there have been some recent set-backs. May we all share a hopeful New Year.