Bringing hope back to Abyei

Woman carrying grass

Caritas South Sudan and Caritas members worldwide have been working for the last three years with the people of Abyei, a contested border area between Sudan and South Sudan.

Conflict between the two countries forced thousands of people to flee in 2011. A ceasefire that year and a UN peacekeeping force has led to some people returning home and rebuilding to commence.

The Catholic Parish of Abyei continues with its pastoral presence and with the support of Caritas assists those affected by the conflict with food, shelter, healthcare and other relief supplies.

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Bringing hope back to Abyei Media gallery

Woman displaced by conflict in contested border region of Abyei

A displaced Catholic woman prays during an open air mass in Agok.

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Catechist back home in devstated town

Bruna, a 63-year-old woman, was one of those forced from their homes in Abyei. She has now returned home, and is rebuilding a new house. She has built a framework, but the house still needs the thatching.

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Returning to Abyei

A boy does a handstand in Agok, a town in Abyei where tens of thousands of people fled in 2011.

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Priest in the contested border region of Abyei

Fr Kuol is a priest in the Catholic Parish of Abyei, and lives among displaced families in Agok. Caritas is working through the parish to provide shelter, healthcare and livelihoods.

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Women displaced by conflict in the contested border region of Abyei

Gina and Mary construct a thatched roof in Agok. Caritas and local church have supported people with food, shelter, and other relief supplies.

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Supporting retunees to village

A woman carries grass to use in building a thatched roof on her home in Marail Achak in Abyei.

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Church provides water for returnees to Abyei

Workers drill for water as part of a Catholic Church-sponsored project to bring life back to Marail Achak. The wells used in years past were destroyed in the fighting.

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War-ravaged Abyei village

A burned hut in Leu, a village in Abyei. In Leu, the Church has been working to rebuild the village, including rehabilitating a clinic and drilling a well.

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Providing water for returned families

A girl pumps water from a well provided by the Catholic Church in Leu. The Church is one of the few organisations willing to openly accompany the people of Abyei during these uncertain times.

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