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A girl pumps water from a well provided by the Catholic Church 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 since northern combatants withdrew in 2012, yet their life is precarious. In Leu, the church rehabilitated a clinic and drilled this 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.