Hundreds of thousands of people have returned to South Sudan since it became independent a year ago. We are working with our partner Caritas Juba and with local churches to support returnees as they rebuild their lives – providing food, water, essential goods and hygiene training to help prevent the spread of disease.
Paul Godfrey, who volunteers for Caritas Juba at a transit camp in Juba, shares his experiences:
At church, they said they needed volunteers to help the returnees from Sudan.
There are a lot of diseases here in the camp. When we do hygiene trainings, we go house to house in the morning. We teach them the kids need to brush their teeth. We say, “Don’t leave standing water.” There are a lot of flies and mosquitoes. We describe how mosquitoes breed in water holes.
There were a lot of snakes here at first. They bit people. Caritas volunteers slashed the brush and cleared it.
We’ve experienced changes in the camp. At first it was so dirty. But now there’s improvement.