HART has previously assisted the Diocese of Wau with emergency relief and micro-credit for returnees from Abyei, Sudan. Currently our support focuses on their educational and emergency relief work for those internally displaced by conflict in South Sudan.
The Diocese of Wau covers two states in South Sudan, Western Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap State, with an approximate area of 125,000 km2 and an estimated population of 1.3 million. They undertake a broad range of humanitarian and development programmes and are heavily involved in campaigns for peace across the area, including the Committee for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation, of which Wau’s Archbishop Moses Deng is the local chair.
The outbreak of conflict in South Sudan forced many people to flee into the area, particularly from neighbouring Unity State. With a severe humanitarian emergency unfolding across the country and millions in need of relief, little external assistance was reaching this area. Local communities and organisations rallied to support the new arrivals.
In March 2017, 5,000 IDPs flocked to the Diocese compound in Wau looking for security and refuge. The Diocese of Wau fed and homed the desperate civilians with contributions from HART who lay side-by-side with people of opposing tribes because they were all in the same position. This broke down barriers which would normally have driven people apart. For three months the IDPs lived in the Diocese, eventually relocating to a camp nearby.
HART recently secured funds from Guernsey Overseas Aid & Development Commission for the Diocese to convert an old police station into a new health clinic in Eastern Bank – home to around 50,000 IDPs and refugees. The government clinic currently operating in the area is rarely stocked or open hence the need for another health clinic. The building conversion will begin in March 2018 and take 8 months to complete.
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