Sister Rosa Le Thi Bong, a Vietnamese member of Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, walks with refugee children in the Makpandu refugee camp, a ramshackle collection of huts with mud walls and thatched roofs spread through a remote section of forest 40 kilometers from Yambio, the capital of Western Equatoria State in the newly independent South Sudan. More than 3,000 people live in the camp, having fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008 when the Lord's Resistance Army started a murderous rampage through the area. In recent months the Congolese have been experiencing harassment and insults from the local population. Religious workers say the refugees want to go home to the Congo, but not until Joseph Kony and the LRA are removed. Sister Rosa works in the camp as a member of Solidarity with South Sudan, a pastoral and teaching presence of Catholic priests, sisters and brothers from around the world.
At Loreto School South Sudanese Pupils from Diverse Tribes Learn to Live in Peace
In a country wracked by civil war and ethnic strife, Irish nuns have created a unique space where young women can dream of a better future and begin to acquire the skills that will help them construct it.