Elly Mawa sits (far right) with his family looking lean and a picture of health. One has no idea that he is the Archdeacon who in July 2016 led his flock from South Sudan to the safety of Gobor 8 kilometres into Northern Uganda. A feat of biblical proportions? When asked how many they numbered at the time he says crisply and precisely 6, 387. He says it in such a way one senses he knows them individually. He continues to lead them in a community they have created separate to the near- by Refugee Camp. He achieved all of this while suffering from Hepatitis B. It would have killed him had it not been for the intervention of CRESS with funds for critical medical treatment.
When asked his dreams for the future he hopes to lead his community back home. In the mean-time he expresses his gratitude to CRESS for the Primary school of 300 and the organisation’s support for agriculture group.
When we finish the interview, without prompting, he carries on talking and only then does he start to reveal some of the emotional challenge he has faced. Thankfully CRESS is helping in this area with the CATT trauma training.
Elly suffers from chronic hepatitis B and requires long-term treatment and regular monitoring. He is now in need of further treatment, but has no funding. If you feel you can help Elly please contact us.