Insecurity has been everywhere for many weeks in South Sudan. The Brothers of the community of Rimenze, have been recently attacked several times. The news has just been received on the 1st of November.
Bro Rogers, Assistant Provincial, gives us the news he received from Bros Achileo and Ronald, present there :
“Yesterday, we received the bad news that our mission in Rimenze was attacked several times and property was looted by the rebels. They also took money from Bro. Achilles at gun point! The government forces engaged the rebels in a fierce battle and according to Bro. Achilles death is all over the place.
The Brothers (Achilles & Ronald)and their domestic helpers managed to escape under fire to the Bishop’s place. They are safe BUT Bro. Achilles has already decided to send Bro. Ronald back to Uganda as the security over there is very precarious.
Bro. Achilles would like to remain on the ground for he says if they both leave the mission; we stand to lose a lot of our property. In fact, a few days ago, we dispatched materials for the construction of another dormitory!! We might lose all that!!
The Brothers are in the South Sudan since July, 2013. It is the most recent foundation of the Congregation, managed by the Brothers of the Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus Province of Uganda. The construction of a new Community House was realised and the opening of a new school was envisaged until disorders and violence began to destabilise the region. Already, last Summer, Msgr. Barani Kussala, the Bishop of Tombura-Yambio, had been alerted on the great difficulties and the violence undergone following the operations led by rebels.
Bro Yannick HOUSSAY, Superior general of the Congregation asks everybody to unite in the prayer to support this new mission.