A letter from our office in South Sudan

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Angelo Sakondo pictured at the CARE Then and Now exhibition in London in October 2015

Angelo Sakondo, a CARE staff member in South Sudan, visited the UK last year to help us tell the story of 70 years of CARE. He told us how, in 1993, his family received aid from CARE – and how he has now gone on to work for the organisation that helped him many years ago.

As further outbreaks of violence continue to traumatise South Sudan, we were concerned about the safety of Angelo and all CARE’s staff in South Sudan. Here is his reply:

Thanks for your concern and warm hearted regards. We are all doing well and safe after those bad events. Indeed all staff in Juba were so traumatised by the events but as time goes on they are slowly returning to normalcy.

I was in my residence during the fighting as the fighting was all over the area of my residence with bodies littered on our streets but the grace of God kept us safe. A few staff lost their houses after bombs were dropped on them. A couple of staff made it to the UN protection site and we have managed to get them to their various field locations.

We resumed our office work well though working at reduced number of hours per day. The only challenge now is shortage of basic food items and higher inflation with high level of criminality sometimes that are fatal. Also roads leading out of the city are very insecure with killings reported almost daily.

My regards to all the team in the office and we remain committed to doing our best to serve those that are less privileged than us amidst all this turmoil.

Thanks,

Sakondo Angelo

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