Catholic Missionaries Provide Aid to Hundreds of Flood-affected Families in South Sudan

Members of the Society of Missionaries of Mary Immaculate (MMI) partnering with the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) to provide food and torchlights to hundreds of flood-affected populations in South Sudan.
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The Society of Missionaries of Mary Immaculate (MMI) ministering in South Sudan’s Archdiocese of Juba have, with support from Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), provided food and torchlights to hundreds of flood-affected populations occupying a parish compound in Juba.

“I am extremely glad to inform you that with the help of CAFOD Organization, we have distributed food and torchlights to 100 flood-affected families,” the Parish Priest of St. Francis of Assisi, Fr. Rayappan Jayaprakash, who is the host, told ACI Africa Thursday, November 26, a day after providing the relief services.

Opened October last year, St. Francis of Assisi Church in Nyuwa is a newly established parish of the Archdiocese of Juba. It is 15 km away from South Sudan’s capital, Juba on the way to Terekeka town.

“Our Parish covers five villages consisting of mostly poor and underprivileged people in places such as Nyuwa, Bori, Molabor, Poitti and Kwerkek,” Fr. Rayappan told ACI Africa.

The Indian-born member of MMI highlighted what the beneficiaries have been able to receive and carry home saying, “We have given 25 kilograms of rice, 10 kilos of beans, 5 kilos of sugar, 5 litres of oil, 2 kilos of salt and one torch light for each family.”

He revealed, “The number of people that benefit from our assistance is 100 households with around 700 people chased by floods from the Western side of the River Nile.”  

According to MMI Cleric, in the last 40 years, no floods of such magnitude has ever been witnessed in the Nile River as it is in 20202.

“Due to the dangerous rise in the water level, people from Islands were forced to leave their homes, crops and livelihood and sought refuge in the Church and school premises,” the Cleric said and continued in reference to flood damages, “As a result, most of them could not afford even one meal a day and the situation is worsening by day.” 

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