We went through another heart wrenching few hours as we left Kajo Keji early in the morning. It feels as if we leave something of ourselves behind with the wonderful generous and joyful people in that beautiful place. Over the short history of South Sudan (the newest country in the world), and before, the people have seen much war and pain, are currently experiencing soaring inflation (300%) and still have some political instability and turmoil in parts of the country.
We were told by Joseph Aba and the wider Kajo Keji team that our visit showed them that they are not forgotten and that they have friends in the UK who love and care for them no matter what they go through. Our trip was a huge encouragement to them and was compared with how appreciated it is when a visit is made to members of your own family when they go through difficult times.
Thank you for everything you give at home, whether financially, materially, spiritually or in time. We were repeatedly told how much all prayers for them and their country are appreciated and this is the very least we can do. Joseph, his team, and their families send you their love and their blessings and are already looking forward to the next trip from the Cress family from the UK.
We have arrived back in Entebbe after another terrific flight with MAF. An extra bonus (for some of us!) was stopping twice en route back. We are not entirely sure where but further east of Moyo. Wonderfully different landscapes and brief meetings with people who live there.
Entebbe feels frantic and full after the lush green countryside of KK but we are in a hotel near the lake which will help us relax. The work continues tomorrow as we write up reports and consolidate information gathered over the last 5 days,but tonight we were able to relax a bit before succumbing to accumulated tiredness.
I hope this blog, sporadic as it has been, has helped you imagine a bit of what we have been doing in the name of Cress in South Sudan. We will continue it with more reflections in the next few days.
Written by Maggie Metcalfe
Photo credit Michael Blythe Photography