The local bishop, Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, who was born not far from here, and stops to greet some cousins on the road, himself grew up in a refugee camp in Congo. He doesn’t live much differently than his flock does, and the people living in the forest who run to ask him to bless their rosaries seem to crave the little bit of hope he’s trying to give them as much as anything else they’re lacking.
He can speak to them in a way others can’t, because somehow, he made it out of a place just like this. He’s also managed to negotiate safe spaces for civilians in churchyards across his country. Though he never mentions it, he has been heavily involved in peacemaking efforts, and risked his life going into the bush to persuade various opposition groups to lay down their arms.
Source: Sudan Relief Fund