AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - War driven families seek safety in Catholic schools

Saturday, 30 July 2016 armed groups   violence   local churches  

Wau (Agenzia Fides) – In the county of Wau, situated in the western part of Bahr el Ghazal state in South Sudan, families fleeing the consequences of fighting between government forces and armed militia continue to seek shelter in schools run by the local Catholic community, Radio Tamazuj, learned from Sylvester Owaj, responsible for several diocesan Catholic schools in Wau. Owaj added that efforts are being made to find more suitable accommodation for the families at present living in two schools, Saint John II’s and Saint Michael’s, so that the school pupils can resume classes.
Owaj confirmed that he is in contact with the competent authorities and some humanitarian organisations which have started putting up tent camps for the families displaced by violence.
Weeks of fighting in Wau between government forces and armed militia have forced thousands of people from their homes. As reported by Fides (see Fides 14/07/2016), the Sudan People's Liberation Army, SPLA resumed fighting in various parts of the county of Wau in early July. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 30/07/2016)