martedì 3 febbraio 2015

2/2015 - Some updates from Juba

Well, I've been here for more than 20 days now and they say it takes 21 days to get used to a climate change.... Let's see what happens tomorrow to my body.... We are over 45 c.d. Every afternoon and let me tell you it's a bit hard. Especially as we have no power during the day so our fridge (yes we have a fridge now) doesn't work... We drink a lot of hot water, well they its good for our health...

The situation of the country is still unstable even if yesterday they have signed another peace treaty between the government and the rebels, let's see what happen. Yet there's a great poverty among the people and many issues which should be needed to be faced at once. The country is very young and has many potentialities, let's hope for its good development.
The church here has a great role in terms of providing social services and more. As Franciscan we are still not running any special project, we run a pariah and seven out station plus we are also the chaplains in a refugee camp protected by the UN and where there are 27000 people (feeding all those people is becoming everyday more difficult as far as we have understood).

As for me I still do not speak the local languages but I'm trying to study everyday. In the afternoon I usually have a little walk around our block just to let people see me and to meet them too. Some of them has already begun to invite me into emir houses and we usually have a small chat. They are so poor and yet so generous. I think I have to learn a lot from them.

Living in this poor conditions I've seen with how little and few things we can live on, it's a grace from God to live with little and not desiring more!

As the connection is not working properly I'm still not able to send pictures, I tried but failed...

I'll send them in May when I'll be back in Italy for one month.

Take care all of you and God bless you all now and everyday.

Br. Freddy