Bishop ask prayers for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT]– The Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of South Sudan and Sudan, Peter Anibati Abia has called on Christians to pray for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda during this Lenten period.

Bishop Abia on Monday said refugees in northern Uganda are living in a dire humanitarian needs condition despite the UN refugee agency and other partners trying to provide them with foods and non-food items.

Last week, all the Lutheran bishops from South Sudan and other African countries met together with partners in Kampala and discussed strategies on how the church can intervene to help South Sudanese refugees who sought shelter in northern Uganda.

“Church leaders agreed to look for partners who can help the refugees to access quality education in camps and also preach the gospel to them ,’’ said Bishop Abia .
He said although the insecurity has affected some of their developmental activities in Juba or elsewhere in South Sudan, they are optimistic to work towards improving people’s lives through the gospel teaching above other humanitarian needs they are offering.

“The security has affected our various developmental activities in the country and as a result of the five year’s conflict our donors are unable to come back and resume,’’ he stressed.

He added that the church has already started the construction of orphanage as well as established the internet café in Yambio and a seminary where 12 young men are currently undertaking short English Course training.

Bishop Abia called on Christians to pray for peace and stability in the country to pave the way for reconstruction of the nation.

Early this year, World Vision Uganda said it was responding in the five districts of Arua, Koboko, Moyo, Yumbe and Adjumani. According to the agency, it undertakes food and cash assistance, child protection, water, sanitation and hygiene, reception centre management, and livelihoods empowerment.

However, more is still needed to meet the basics and long term needs of the refugees.

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