It’s “very difficult to survive”: Catholic Missionary Priest on Situation in Sudan

Fr. Zobinou Komlan Hubert. Credit: Courtesy Photo

It is becoming more and more difficult to make ends meet in Sudan amid ongoing violence and lack of basic needs, including food, water, and electricity, a Catholic Missionary Priest in the country’s capital city, Khartoum, has said. 

“The situation is becoming more difficult with the high prices of food items, and lack of water and electricity even where people are moving freely,” Fr. Zobinou Komlan Hubert told ACI Africa on Monday, June 5. 

The collapse of talks between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and those of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) to maintain a ceasefire and ease humanitarian aid is cause for concern, Fr. Komlan said, adding, “This makes the life of an already vulnerable people very difficult to survive.”

The Parish Priest of St. Joseph Kalakla Parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Khartoum, located some 15 km South of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, further said, “We can only continue raising our voices to God every day for peace in Sudan.”  

“God’s intervention is the only way to help the people of this country to overcome the current situation,” the Togolese member of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) said in reference to the war that broke out on April 15, and the fighting that reportedly intensified in several areas of Khartoum after the ceasefire deal expired, according to Reuters.


On Tuesday, June 5, South Sudan President Salva Kiir who heads the team of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Assembly of the Heads of State that is negotiating for an end to armed conflict in Sudan said his country remained committed to engaging the fighting Generals, General Abdel Fattah al Burhan who heads SAF against and General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo of the paramilitary RSF.

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.