Juba, 10 July, 2020 / 10:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) ministering among the over 9,800 internally displaced persons (IDPs) at Gumbo camp in South Sudan’s Archdiocese of Juba have, through their leadership, told ACI Africa why they are concerned.
The camp is under the Delegation of St. Bakhita and the camp project’s day to day affairs handled by the office of Planning and Development.
“A major concern we have is the fear of COVID-19 cases in the IDP camp. It would be a real disaster and we are not at all prepared to face such challenges given the situation of our country and its health infrastructure,” Fr. George Shyjan who manages the finances of the Delegation and serves as the Director of the Planning and Development office told ACI Africa Friday, July 10.
“The living conditions are not really dignified,” Fr. George added in reference to the current situation of the IDPs and explained, “They live in tents made of plastic sheets and bamboo. Some households have more than 10 members and they live in a very limited space.”