Image 1 of 1
SSudan10jeffrey1114-0024.JPG
Sister Margaret Scott, a New Zealander and member of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, helps children skip rope in the Makpandu refugee camp in Southern Sudan, 44 km north of Yambio, where more that 4,000 people took refuge in late 2008 when the Lord's Resistance Army attacked their communities inside the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Attacks by the LRA inside Southern Sudan and in the neighboring DRC and Central African Republic have displaced tens of thousands of people, and many worry the attacks will increase as the government in Khartoum uses the LRA to destabilize Southern Sudan, where people are scheduled to vote on independence in January 2011. Catholic pastoral workers have accompanied the people of this camp from the beginning. Sister Margaret works in the area as a member of Solidarity with Southern Sudan, a group of Catholic priests, sisters and brothers from around the world who assist the nascent nation's people with education, health, and pastoral ministry. NOTE: In July 2011 Southern Sudan became the independent country of South Sudan.