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A First Visit to South Sudan

by Michael Ford last modified 14 Feb, 2013 12:18 PM

A team from Purbeck Deanery visited South Sudan recently. Canon John Wood wrote about the trip and produced some photos- see below.

"It is said that girls in South Sudan have a higher chance of dying in childbirth than of completing their school education. The country is one of the poorest in the world, yet is a land of extraordinary beauty and abundant natural resources.

"One of the least developed nations in the world, with an almost non-existent transport and communications infrastructure and limited access to energy, clean water, healthcare or education, where communities have lived for decades in fear as a result of civil war and tribal conflict, it is nevertheless a place where people have great hope for a future of peace and well-being.

"Forty years ago, Bishop George Reindorp inaugurated a relationship between the Episcopal Church in Sudan and the Diocese of Salisbury. Very new to the idea of forming a more local partnership with one or more dioceses in South Sudan, we travelled via Nairobi in Kenya to the capital Juba with four others from Purbeck Deanery..."

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01 Bus

Margaret and Jackie wait in the 'bus station' near the bus to Torit (on the right)

02 Schoolchildren

Schoolchildren on their way to school in Torit...

03 Grace Primary

...and in their classroom in Grace Primary.

04 Torit Cathedral Site

Torit Cathedral's foundation stone was laid by Bishop Tim Thornton.
It is a work in progress, though there are hopes for consecration in November 2013.

05 Tukel Group

The group in front of a 'Tukel' in Torit - a traditional Sudanese dwelling which is much more than just a mud hut.

06 Abandoned Tank

A tank abandoned during the last conflict.

07 John Wood Bishop Micah

John Wood and Bishop Micah on their way to Sunday worship in Terekeka Cathedral.

 08 Andy Bowerman Camera

Children were very excited to see white faces - greeting the team with "Morning!" at any time of the day - and at having their photo taken by Andy Bowerman.

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