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Needing a visit to an Eye Doctor – can her sight be saved?

Praying with Nighty in Palabek camp

Last month I was able to visit Palabek camp in Northern Uganda. It was great to meet Nighty, mum of Komakech who had just completed his A Levels in Kampala.  Nighty is partially sighted. She can see a tiny bit out of one eye. I asked her if she could see me and she said, “You look like a tree.”  I asked if I could hold her hands and pray with her and she said yes.  Then Benja took this photo.  The crushed maize she was giving to her little toddler Okan Marcello.  He was born in the bush in April 2017 as Nighty was running with her family from her home town of Pajok in South Sudan after it was attacked by troops wearing Government uniforms.  I told her story to our church last Sunday in St Helens and said that Nighty needed to see an eye doctor to find out if anything could be done to save her sight.  People have been generous in donations so there is enough money to get her and a companion to Kampala to have an appointment with an eye specialist.  The goal at this stage is simply to see if Nighty can be prevented from going blind and if anything can be done to give her more sight.

How is AREP affected by the famine in South Sudan?

AREP locations and the Famine situation

AREP locations and the Famine situation

The above graphic was published recently by Aljazeera. I have just added Pajok (the home town of our South Sudanese students) and Bweyale (where we rent a house as a holiday base).  As you can see, the main impact of the famine and emergency on AREP is indirect, due to the flow of new refugees caused by the war in South Sudan.

Juba to Pajok is 188 km
Pajok to Bweyale is 285 km

Bweyale to Kampala is 221 km