Staying in South Sudan
Ailish O’Brien rsm has spent the last year in South Sudan. Inspired by a letter she got from an organisation “Solidarity with South Sudan” looking for volunteers, she decided to commit three years of her life to working there.
The decision to go was difficult. She explains how she prayed on it and asked the Lord what He wanted her to do; ultimately she felt called to go and help in whatever way she could.
When she arrived, she found that there was more poverty and even less resources than she had been expecting. Roads were dirt tracks and the vast majority of people lived below the poverty line. Also while there was supposed to be peace, she heard gunshots from the first night.
At the start of August the violence escalated just as she was due to come home for Ireland on leave. She made it out after having being delayed several days, but is determined to return. She explains more to Miriam Gormally.