IDPS Arrived at the Good Shepherd Cathedral

By Rev William Majok.

IDPs arrive at Good Shepherd CathedralThe internally displaced persons (IDPs) have arrived at the Episcopal Church of South Sudan (ECSS) Good Shepherd Cathedral in Wau town at around 10:00amon Tuesday 31st January 2017.

The new influx of IDPs in Wau town was caused by fighting between the Dinka cattle herders known as Gelweng and members of the rebel group alien to former Vice President Riek Machar. In late January SPLA-IO rebels mainly from Fertite community and guided by some members of Luo community attack the Dinka cattle camp at Aliny village about 25 kms from Wau town killing three people and made it away with 300 herds of cattle.

Bishop Moses welcomes the IDPsThe Gelweng followed and attack rebels in an attempt to rescue their cows but also attack Luo and Dinka farmers whom they accused of collaborating with the rebels, leading to displacement of thousands of civilians mainly from Luo and Dinka communities. On Tuesday 31st January 2017 around 2000 civilians arrived at ECSS Cathedral and the number has been increasing to about 4000 people on Friday 03/02/2017.

During their arrival, the Bishop of Wau Diocese Rt Rev Moses Deng welcomed them at the Cathedral compound saying that the Church does not belong to any one community or one person but it belong to all people.

Please see more images below: 

IDPs greeted by the State Governor IDPs listen to speeches

IDPs prepare the compound IDPs get relief aid

IDPs queue for non food aid Aid is given to IDPs in Wau