More
    HomeNewsWorldDisplaced South Sudanese Find Comfort in Cathedral

    Displaced South Sudanese Find Comfort in Cathedral

    Published on

    spot_img

    Subscribe to our newsletter

    Stay up to date with what's happening in the Christian community

    The St. Mary Help of Christians Cathedral in Wau, South Sudan is now home to 10,000 people who left their villages amid an ongoing civil war in the country, IRIN News reports.

    Crude tents and temporary shelters surround the largest church in the African nation to accommodate the internally displaced people (IDPs). Children and the elderly cramp in the limited space in the cathedral.

    St. Mary’s priest, Fr. Moses Peter, said, “Those who flee believe that even rebels still fear God and would not slaughter civilians in the backyard of a church.” He added that many churches have offered sanctuary to hundreds of people.

    A civil war broke out in 2013 between the allies of President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, the dismissed vice-president. Wau was not affected by the violence until April this year when rebels ambushed government soldiers in the city and killed at least 16 civilians. In June, another attack between the two sides left 400 dead.

    Despite the safety provided at the cathedral, the IDPs face hunger and are still fearful of the violence outside the camp.

    According to Sight Magazine, the World Food Programme (WFP) stopped food distribution in refugee camps, including St. Mary’s, following the death of three of its staff members caused by the conflict. The organization, however, continues to assist displaced South Sudanese living in a U.N. protection of civilians (PoC) site in a nearby town.

    WFP explained that, “We have been unable to serve people outside the PoC as we did not have assurance of safety and security for our staff members.” It vowed that once security is in place, WFP will resume its assistance to the other camps.

    Christianity is the main religion in South Sudan and people seek refuge in churches during adverse situations.

    “People flock to churches in times of insecurity. Most of them have a strong faith. They believe that they are best protected here and in case of an attack, they’d rather die in the house of God,” said Fr. Moses.

    Sources:
    IRIN
    Sight Magazine

    Latest articles

    Hallow App Launches 2022 Advent Prayer Challenge

    Hallow, a Christian prayer app, launched this year's Advent challenge with cast members from the hit series The Chosen joining the program.

    Group Gives 10,000 Bibles to London’s Children

    The Trinitarian Bible Society announced that over 10,000 Bibles have been given to London schools within three years.

    Prayer, Faith Can Help Teens with Mental Health Issues

    A study on teens and young adults confirmed that those who pray and have a relationship with God were more likely to flourish in life more than their peers.

    Billy Graham Archive & Research Center is Now Open

    The new Billy Graham Archive and Research Center opened in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 7, the birthday of the late evangelist.

    More like this

    Group Gives 10,000 Bibles to London’s Children

    The Trinitarian Bible Society announced that over 10,000 Bibles have been given to London schools within three years.

    ‘Praise the Lord!’ Ukrainian Christians Cheer Kherson Liberation

    Ukrainian Christians celebrate the liberation of Kherson with cheers of praise and thanksgiving, seven months after Russia occupied the city.

    JESUS Film Makes History, Now Translated in 2,000 Languages

    The JESUS film makes history as it is now translated into its 2,000th language making it the most translated film of all time.