The Juba-based SHS Superior General continued in reference to the violence in Sudan, “This situation has made it very difficult for us to make a long-term developmental plan because we don’t know what’s going to happen next.”
On June 23, residents began fleeing Kadugli city in Southwest Sudan following tensions that escalated between the army and a powerful rebel group threatening to open another area of conflict in the country's ongoing war, Reuters reported.
Heavy clashes involving the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), the paramilitary force under General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, and army units of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) that are loyal to the head of Sudan's transitional governing Sovereign Council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, have been reported in the country’s capital, Khartoum.
On Wednesday, June 21, the U.S. adjourned peace talks that it was facilitating alongside Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, with Molly Phee, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, saying on June 22 that the format of the peace talks was not progressing as expected, Reuters reported.
In the June 22 interview with ACI Africa, Sr. Alice said SHS members were “heartbroken” to leave Sudan even though they had to “run for their lives.”
Sr. Alice Jurugo Drajea. Credit: ACI Africa
“The Sisters were signs of hope for the people before escaping to South Sudan,” the Ugandan-born Catholic Nun said, adding, “The Sisters could not tell the people that they were living because it could break the hearts of the people that were turning to them for help.”
In a June 12 interview with ACI Africa, Sr. Alice appealed for assistance for the three SHS members who were evacuated from Sudan to South Sudan in May, fleeing the violent conflict that has reportedly displaced more than a million people.
She went on to call on the South Sudanese government to improve security at the entry point for the safe passage of those fleeing the Sudan violence into the country.
In the June 22 interview, the Superior General of the Congregation that was founded in Juba in 1954 by Bishop Sisto Mazzoldi called on the Sudanese warring factions to engage in dialogue to end the fighting that has resulted in the death of hundreds.