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A boy stands in front of the wall of a burned hut in Leu, a village in the contested Abyei region along the border between Sudan and South Sudan. The village was looted and burned in 2011 when soldiers and militias from the northern Republic of Sudan swept through the area, chasing out more than 100,000 Dinka Ngok residents. A few thousand families have returned to the region since northern combatants withdrew in 2012, yet their life is precarious. In Leu, the Catholic Church rehabilitated a clinic and drilled a well. For political and logistical reasons, the Catholic Church is one of the few organizations willing to openly accompany the people of Abyei during these uncertain times.