A two-week visit by the prior of Taizé community, Brother Alois, in Sudan and South Sudan, “to get a better understanding of the situation of these two countries, meet the local operators, and pray with and for those that are one of the most badly tried populations of our time”. The news is given by the community, pointing out that the prior visited Juba and Rumbek, South Sudan, for one week, then Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, for another week. With another Taizé brother, Brother Alois visited several churches, so he could personally find out what they do in terms of education, charity and care of the sick and outcasts. “Over the last few days, they have had lots of contacts with the most disadvantaged population”, Taizé’s news says. “They visited a refugee camp run by the United Nations, where lots of children have lost and never found their parents after the violent events that hit the country”.
On his return, Brother Alois expressed his gratitude for the many people who are working there: “Humanitarian operators, church and diplomatic staff, all to support the local communities and the development of education, farming, infrastructure, services, the promotion of culture”. “I have been particularly impressed by the women and children. The mothers, often very young, have very painful stories behind them, as a consequence of the violence. Many of them fled in the emergency, but they have bravely stayed on to serve life”. “The courage and hope of these mothers and their children have been an exceptional experience”. The prior of Taizé will be talking about this visit at the 40th European Meeting of Young Adults inspired by the spirit of Taizé, due in Basel from December 28th 2017 to January 1st 2018.