(article written by Office Volunteer, Rachael)
On Thursday the 28th of June, I had the pleasure of meeting Michele and Fergus who work with CAFOD in Sudan. At first, I felt slightly nervous as well as excited. I did some research before they arrived which allowed me to prepare my questions and learn more about the situation in Sudan. On the day it was a lovely sunny day, we had a talk given by Fergus and Michele, which was incredibly interesting.
The talk was to help raise awareness of the work going on in Sudan. This was followed by a shared lunch, which was fun and allowed me to meet all the volunteers who were there and to chat with Fergus and Michele.
It was also a lovely atmosphere and it was great to see everyone having a good time and getting to know each other. Furthermore, I had the privilege to interview Michele and I was able to ask a variety of questions.
Meeting Michele and Fergus from CAFOD’s Africa team yesterday
Question 1 Humanitarian Emergency is it still on-going?– “It is still a very big issue we are dealing with many different issues, 700,000 refugees from South Sudan and displaced people and we need to respond to those people.”
Question 2 Emergency Programme- “Still very effective, the emergency has continued because of fighting, famine and we are helping by providing support such as hygiene, clean water and food. If not people would die, with CAFOD we have been able to provide basic support such as clean water, people appreciate this.”
Question 3 A clinic for malnourished children in Garsila, Central Darfur supported by the ACT programme- has the clinic grown and or developed. – “I worked with a nutrition programme also CAFOD is providing support for the children and the family. Hygiene training, supporting breastfeeding and providing direct support has been effective.”
Question 4 is war Still a major issue. – “War is still a big issue in Darfur there is still fighting causing people to loose property and lively hoods”.
Question 5 What are the newest projects that CAFOD Sudan are working on and what projects are most important to you personally or are all projects viewed as important?- “ CAFOD Sudan are responding to refugees, supporting poor communities, helping grow food and get involved with education especially in Africa. Most important is working with communities, we don’t have a hand-outs approach only if lifesaving requires it, we encourage community involvement.”
If you would like to find out more about CAFOD’s work in Sudan click here CAFOD Sudan