Salesians Reach Out to Thousands of Displaced in South Sudan with “food assistance”

Credit: Salesian Missions

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in South Sudan have reached out to thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) with “food assistance.”

Realized through a partnership with the U.S.-based development arm of SDB, Salesian Missions, the nutritional initiative has benefitted some 10,000 IDPs at the Don Bosco Gumbo camp located in the country’s Archdiocese of Juba.

“Your continued support has helped our most vulnerable members of the IDP population to receive food rations and additional non-food items,” the bursar of the Don Bosco Sudan Delegation, Fr. Shyjan Job has been quoted as saying in a Wednesday, November 17 report.

He adds, “The intermittent rains have affected the IDPs with waterborne diseases such as malaria.”

“Many of the makeshift tents are destroyed. We managed to procure the essential supplies and plastic sheets for the temporary shelters for the IDPs,” Fr. Job says.


Set up in January 2014 after the outbreak of civil war in South Sudan, the Don Bosco Gumbo camp for IDPs was established to provide food aid to vulnerable groups in South Sudan.

The camp run by Salesians from St. Vincent de Paul Parish is home to 9,742 people, the majority women and children, the elderly, and orphans, members of SDB have reported.

In the November 17 report, Salesian Officials say, “The camp in Juba for those who have been internally displaced has been consistently growing since the outbreak of war and is currently home to more than 10,000 people, mostly women and children.”

“Without this camp, people would be left destitute with nothing to eat, nowhere to go and no access to any form of education,” they add.

At Don Bosco Gumbo, which oversees the camp, Salesian missionaries provide education, social development services, nutrition programs, and health clinics for poor youth and their families. 

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“For some, the education offered at Salesian schools is the only opportunity to gain an education and the skills necessary for future employment,” Salesian leadership says in the November 17 report.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.