Updates From Wau (South Sudan)

By Sajilo Julius SJ

April 6, 2020

Dear friends in the Lord,

As we continue with the compulsory shutdown of most activities in our respective apostolates because of the Coronavirus, all plans, especially for teachers, have been disrupted. However, we hope that the pandemic will come to an end soon. Here in our apostolate at Loyola Secondary School (LSS) a lot of work awaits. At the moment we have to prepare a lot of materials for our students since we do not know when the spread of the disease will come to an end.

On Saturday, we had some rainfall. It was the first rain during the dry season. It began from nowhere, only to become seriously heavy. Our superior was so excited that he came out to celebrate it. He was joined by all the community members who ended up staying under the rain just to cool ourselves from the heat. What an interesting day that was! The weather had been so dry and dusty that no one would have expected a downpour of such magnitude. Otherwise, the construction of the Multi-purpose hall is on-going even though it is at a slow pace.

At present, there is a curfew across South Sudan declared by the President, from 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM, in response to the spread of COVID-19. People are also required to avoid gatherings. So far, no coronavirus cases have been reported; and we pray that God may protect us from the pandemic.

May God bless you all.

March 31, 2020

Dear companions,

Greetings from Wau.  I am sure we are all affected by the deadly scourge of the Corona Virus in one way or another. For us here at Loyola Secondary School and the entire South Sudan we took the precaution seriously and closed all the schools instead of waiting for danger. So, we are waiting until the threats of the deadly virus disappear, if at all. At the moment we are just preparing for lessons so that when we resume school the work becomes much easier.

Measures are being taken to avoid all gatherings especially in churches and other public places. Otherwise we still experience peace even though it is common to see cars with big machine guns moving around and when I move into the villages there are some young people still holding guns which means there is still a lot to do to bring about stability in this young nation.

Students from Loyola Secondary School in Wau, South Sudan. (Photo: Noelle Fitzpatrick)

The weather here is extremely hot at the moment. Staying in the house is difficult because of the heat. Here we drink water as much as possible if not you can easily be dehydrated. Generally, we are all fine. Regards from the Wau companions!


(Banner photo: Students at Loyola Secondary School in Wau, South Sudan)