Update from Yei

Posted by Roger Cooke on Wed, 05 Oct 2016 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

CMSI Partnership Coordinator, Linda Abwa writes:

As the security crisis in South Sudan continues, we have been very saddened to receive reports of deterioration of the situation in Yei. After a brief stay in Arua, Northern Uganda to set up diocesan contingency plans, Bishop Hilary had returned to Yei in keeping with his conviction that he should be there as a support to the people of the Diocese.

On Monday, we received the following update from Bishop Hilary:

The situation seems to be becoming desperate around Yei town as rebel attacks move closer to town as far as 4 to 5 miles with heavy fighting…We can’t predict how long it will take for air transport to cease operating into Yei, (the only means out of Yei), to get cut off…

We are thankful for link parishes who have been faithful in standing with their sponsored students and who, several weeks ago, supported some of these individuals and their families to move out of Yei and to register as refugees in Uganda. Bishop Hilary has been resisting this move himself for as long as is reasonable. CMSI must stand with him and the Diocese of Yei at this time of uncertainty and agonising decisions.

Bishop Hilary and the remaining diocesan staff who have remained with him in Yei are configuring contingency plans for what they believe is ahead. Meanwhile he reminded us today:

..our biggest worry is the displaced who are desperately hungry under the mango trees at Immanuel Cathedral. In all there are over 60,000 displaced from their comfortable homes.

The UN have reported that 100,000 people are now trapped in Yei town and over 1 million have fled the country since July; many of these are now in northern Uganda.

In addition to encouraging you to pray, we would like to give parishes and individuals the opportunity to support financially.

If you or your parish would like to contribute to help ease the costs which the diocese must incur in the coming weeks of probable relocation and enable them to respond to the overwhelming needs, please click the ‘donate button’ below.

Alternatively, you can send your donation to us by post or in person, noting that it is for Yei Appeal at this time of insecurity.

Gracious Lord,
We dream of a world free of poverty and oppression,
and we yearn for a world free of vengeance and violence.
We pray for your peace.
Walk with us, Lord, as we answer your call to be peacemakers.
Increase our compassion, our generosity and our hospitality for the least of your children.
We pray for your peace.

If you would like more information please contact me (Linda Abwa) via CMSI’s Belfast office.

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