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There is so much going on in Southern Sudan Now

Susan D. Lintz

18 May. 2011

Melissa Burton, a director of Southern Sudan Mission, just returned from a mission trip to the Aweil area. We have worked with Giving Children Hope and St. Matthew's Church to get a much needed pharmaceutical package to the Aweil area. Melissa, Bishop Wilson, and local clinical officers went to several villages in the state of No. Bahr el Ghazal to treat local patients. Medical care there is not always available. Often when it is, to be treated a person must walk for several days to a town such as Aweil for treatment. That is not always possible.

So, they went to outlying villages to treat people. There is so much illness ~ typhoid, T.B., meningitis, parasites, worms, leprosy, malaria, the list goes on. People are typically malnourished and we send extra vitamins (from Costco!), particularly for children and pregnant women.

At this time of year, the rainy season is just beginning. It is very hot and humid. This year the rains are off to a late start. When the rain comes, people start cultivating their plots of sorghum and the rains water the crops. The "lean" season comes during the summer while waiting for the crops grow and be harvested. The Aweil area has more pressure on food resources as it is near Darfur and Abeyi, both places with political upheaval that cause people to flee to safer places.

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It is very remote here, and difficult to get supplies and assistance to. But that is what we at Southern Sudan Mission are here for! Please help ~ we provide educational assistance and help in the delivery of medical assistance in a time of transition and continuing instability.