Malakal, 31 July, 2023 / 9:04 pm (ACI Africa).
When Liebo Bona, a native of Malakal in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State arrived in Sudan in 2016 and landed a teaching job at a private school in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, he was convinced that his problems were behind him.
Bona had brought his family to safety in Khartoum when clashes between forces allied to Sudan’s president Salva Kiir and those of first vice-president Riek Machar left several people in his village dead.
He was forced to pack his bags again and hit the road back home to Malakal on April 19, two weeks after war broke out in Khartoum between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
In a Monday, July 31 interview with ACI Africa, Bona recounted his arduous journey from Khartoum, the distressing stopovers at military checkpoints where those fleeing were forced to give up everything they had, and finally finding solace at the Catholic Diocese of Malakal where his family was given food.
He described the assistance given to them by the Catholic as a good gesture to returnees, saying, “The first real meal we had was served by the Catholic Church here in Malakal.”