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Clinic, ministry school looted in South Sudan

As soldiers approached their town — interrogating and sometimes shooting those they believed to be aiding rebel militias — the people of Pajok, South Sudan, fled south to the Ugandan border. On their backs and heads, they loaded what clothes and food they could gather for the journey.

One boy also carried a black microscope and a digital thermometer.

Simon YopeThe items belonged to a medical clinic in Pajok overseen by South Sudanese Christians. The Sudan Project, a ministry of the Mt. Juliet Church of Christ in Tennessee, supports the work, which also includes a preacher training school. The boy gave the medical items to Simon Yope, the clinic’s lab technician.

“Our clinic facility is completely looted — doors broken and window glasses broken,” Yope wrote in a message from a refugee camp in Uganda. “Almost everything was carried away by the soldiers. Also the Bible Learning Center is looted, with the door gunshot.”

Villagers in the East African nation of South Sudan gather what they can carry and flee toward the Ugandan border as soldiers approach their town, Pajok.In July 2016, after clashes between government forces and rebels loyal to the country’s ousted vice president, rebel militias took control of Pajok, also known as Parajok. Since then, many Christians have fled, walking for two days through the wilderness — avoiding main roads patroled by soldiers — to reach Uganda. There, in refugee camps, they worship on mats under trees.

The current unrest has not reached Bor, about 15 hours north of Pajok, where members of Churches of Christ operate a vocational boarding school and Christian literature center. Both are dedicated to winning souls and healing the country’s ethnic divisions, said Dennis Cady of the Starfish Foundation, which supports the work.
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