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Christians in Southern Sudan have spent most of their lives living in – or fleeing from – war. Under the iron fist of the Muslim north, the south experienced only eleven years of peace between civil wars that began in 1955 and ended in 2005. The conflict that killed some two million people and displaced another four million also stalled development and isolated communities from receiving foreign aid, food, and medical attention. Among the communities that suffered is the Rokwe leper colony, located outside of Juba in Southern Sudan.

The roughly 500 lepers who live in Rokwe are kept ostracized from the rest of society, slowly rotting – losing limbs, nerves and eyesight – before suffering a painful death. There is little food due to aid organizations cutting off the supply a few years back. They look to God’s provision and wait for rain to water their crops. Receiving no help from the government, the lepers have become dependent on charity for their survival. Grass thatched huts used for houses and classrooms have decayed over time, and the community is in constant need of medical supplies. Water is also limited as a single borehole (well) supplies the entire colony.

While most people may view leprosy as an ancient disease from biblical times, the now curable condition still exists, causing deadly effects to impoverished communities. We ask that you remember this community in prayer. ICC has long been involved in supporting cataract surgeries and other health treatment in areas similar to this in South Sudan.