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News from Noeleen 2
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Greetings from Northern Uganda. It has been quite a difficult time these past 3 months as it has been for you all this year with Covid19, the lockdown and all the stresses that it brought. I had an accident 3 months ago, breaking my shoulder badly and had quite a big operation on it with several plates inserted, to date I still cannot raise it, and it is most painful. It happened just at the beginning of the lockdown here. There is a very tight regime here, when they say lockdown, they mean don't come out of your house unless its an absolute emergency. If the police catch you, you will be severely beaten or shot with plastic bullets. They are particularly strict here on the border as the South Sudanese people are crossing into my village for medical assistance because they have the virus and there is no medicine there. Because of that the president of Uganda will not ease the restrictions in this area but will in the rest of the country. It's very frustrating for the people as they can't work and so can't make enough money to eat. I had to lay off the workers I had as the refugee camp is closed to everyone only the UN, leaving the workers with no income and no food also. The WFP (World Food Programme) has cut the food rations for the refugees by 50%, so they now receive 4kgs of Maize per month as opposed to the 8Kgs they used to receive, and out in the camp it is very rocky so you can't grow very much. I am told they cut the rations to force the refugees to go back to South Sudan so that they virus will not spread, but fighting still continues in Yei where most of them come from. I am not allowed to the camp to treat the people with medicine because of the lockdown, so in short, if hunger and lack of medicine doesn't kill them in the camp, going back to the fighting in South Sudan probably will. Not many options for them is there? I spend my days dodging the Army and Police going to the Bush and Orphanage to distribute food and Medicine, Wheelchairs, ect where I can, but I have to be fast or I could get caught. The Orphanage has 60 Children. I was doing their food budget the other day and the calculations are as follows:The Orphanage receives 1.7 million Ugandan shillings a month which is 425 euros, Divided by 30 days, divided by 60 children leaves each child receives 23 cents per day of food rations. Not very much is it! This does not include Medicine or Water. However the children in the Orphanage are seen as very well off compared to others so you can imagine how many of those live here who have no support. It really has been such a hard time for the whole world due to this Pandemic, but we are lucky here, there hasn't been many cases and no deaths. My sincere condolences to all those who have been bereaved. Like everywhere right now, we too are not allowed any religous gatherings, but thanks to Fr Hubert and Fabian Murphy, I can still reach Mass on week days and Sundays through this wonderful community network. God Bless and Warm Wishes to All. Noeleen.
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Greetings from Northern Uganda. It has been quite a difficult time these past 3 months as it has been for you all this year with Covid19, the lockdown and all the stresses that it brought. I had an accident 3 months ago, breaking my shoulder badly and had quite a big operation on it with several plates inserted, to date I still cannot raise it, and it is most painful. It happened just at the beginning of the lockdown here. There is a very tight regime here, when they say lockdown, they mean don't come out of your house unless its an absolute emergency. If the police catch you, you will be severely beaten or shot with plastic bullets. They are particularly strict here on the border as the South Sudanese people are crossing into my village for medical assistance because they have the virus and there is no medicine there. Because of that the president of Uganda will not ease the restrictions in this area but will in the rest of the country. It's very frustrating for the people as they can't work and so can't make enough money to eat. I had to lay off the workers I had as the refugee camp is closed to everyone only the UN, leaving the workers with no income and no food also. The WFP (World Food Programme) has cut the food rations for the refugees by 50%, so they now receive 4kgs of Maize per month as opposed to the 8Kgs they used to receive, and out in the camp it is very rocky so you can't grow very much. I am told they cut the rations to force the refugees to go back to South Sudan so that they virus will not spread, but fighting still continues in Yei where most of them come from. I am not allowed to the camp to treat the people with medicine because of the lockdown, so in short, if hunger and lack of medicine doesn't kill them in the camp, going back to the fighting in South Sudan probably will. Not many options for them is there? I spend my days dodging the Army and Police going to the Bush and Orphanage to distribute food and Medicine, Wheelchairs, ect where I can, but I have to be fast or I could get caught. The Orphanage has 60 Children. I was doing their food budget the other day and the calculations are as follows:The Orphanage receives 1.7 million Ugandan shillings a month which is 425 euros, Divided by 30 days, divided by 60 children leaves each child receives 23 cents per day of food rations. Not very much is it! This does not include Medicine or Water. However the children in the Orphanage are seen as very well off compared to others so you can imagine how many of those live here who have no support. It really has been such a hard time for the whole world due to this Pandemic, but we are lucky here, there hasn't been many cases and no deaths. My sincere condolences to all those who have been bereaved. Like everywhere right now, we too are not allowed any religous gatherings, but thanks to Fr Hubert and Fabian Murphy, I can still reach Mass on week days and Sundays through this wonderful community network. God Bless and Warm Wishes to All. Noeleen.