Catholic Bishop Appeals for Assistance amid Destructive Floods in South Sudanese States

Bishop Mathew Remijo Adam of South Sudan's Wau Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

The Catholic Bishop of South Sudan's Wau Diocese is appealing for humanitarian aid for those affected by destructive floods in multiple States in the East-Central African nation.

Last month, at least three people were killed by the floods that have reportedly displaced over 70,000 people in Western Equatoria State of South Sudan.

Speaking to journalists in Juba upon arrival from Rome on October 5, Bishop Mathew Remijo Adam expressed the Church’s spiritual solidarity with the flood victims. 

“As a Church, we are deeply saddened by the suffering of the people in the Diocese as a result of floods, particularly in the Northern Bahr El Ghazal State,” Bishop Remijo said.

He added, “The Church is especially concerned about this troubling scenario in the area where many people have been adversely affected by the flood. It is truly distressing to see our Christian communities living in such a terrible situation in the States.”


The member of the Comboni Missionaries (MCCJ) appealed for assistance, saying, “I hope that those who are working on the humanitarian support will continue to assist those affected with basic needs because most of their stuff have been destroyed by the flood.”

“The affected people cannot depend on their own right now because there is nothing,” he further said, and added in reference to victims of the floods, “Without external support they cannot help themselves since most of their things have been destroyed by the recent floods.”

The 49-year-old South Sudanese Bishop who has been at the helm of Wau Diocese since his Episcopal Ordination on 24 January 2021 continued, “More than seventy percent of the population here have been affected, which is something bad for the Diocese because these are the people we serve.”

He called upon those affected by the floods “to have hope and faith in God as the authorities continue to find ways of offering them humanitarian support.”

He also encouraged them “to be strong despite the challenges they are going through that God will eventually help them out of these suffering.”

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“We pray that God continues to strengthen their hearts (in) this trying moment because it’s something that happened unexpectedly (and) that affects them severely,” Bishop Remijo implored in reference to those affected by floods in South Sudan.

Patrick Juma Wani is a South Sudanese journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. Patrick holds a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from Makerere Institute for Social Development (MISD) in Uganda. He has over 7 years of extensive experience in leading the development and implementation of media, advocacy, communication and multimedia strategy and operations, with an excellent track record of editorial leadership, budget management, and stakeholder outreach. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.