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Report from Brother Christian Mbam

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07/03/2014: South Sudan

“A lot of damage was done to our house in Malakal and things were taken. You know that the Community did not evacuate, but simply moved to another village named Rumbek to run the Teacher Training College programme for in-service group after the first battle in the town of Malakal. The community was still there when battles were fought and eventually the government forces took control of the town. 

Then came the looting. The valuables were not removed because the plan was to come back and organise the March programme of teacher training. Now of course that programme is no longer possible. People are no longer in Malakal which was burnt down and is still not free from further incursion by the rebel forces, who are not very far from there. 

So it is not safe yet to return there. Of course I left my own things there when I went on leave to Nigeria in December. The United Nations WFP flight I took from Malakal could only take 20 kg of belongings so it is hard to take much.  I didn't have to so at that stage; similarly the other community members. That is why valuables were left behind. The biggest theft there is the land Cruiser van.”

Malakal has since been subject to further battles and opposition forces have gained the ascendency. Malakal is the capital of the region that has the most oil and is very valuable.

Brother Christian is now based in Riimemze he comments, “Here in Riimenze I am still studying the many goings-on and to see where I fit in. One setback is the language deficiency. I have started to see how to bridge this too.”

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