Citizens warned against grabbing church property

Pupils and officials from Indian Embassy, Relief Line and DMI in front of the school building (photo by Livingstone)

By Kidega Livingstone

The Catholic Diocese of Juba has warned citizens and some government officials of grabbing church property.

The warning came after the Daughters of Mary Immaculate Sisters in collaboration with Relief line Global Company donated a four-class room building to DMI St. Bakhita Nursery and Primary School at Mauna.

The Catholic Diocese of Juba Secretary General Fr. Samuel Abe said that churches in South Sudan work to benefit the community but their property like land and building should not be taken away in order for them to continue benefiting the public.

“Church is a mother. What the churches are doing is to benefit the community so let us stop taking the properties of the church because you will be cursed,” Abe warned. “Don’t continue taking the properties of the church, your life will be short if you are fighting God,” he added.

He said Catholic Diocese of Juba would continue to stand behind the churches that are supporting the community.

“We are fully in support of what the sisters are doing in the country because their activities benefit communities,” he said.

DMI South Sudan Country Coordinator, Sister Jeny Maila said that Daughters of Mary Immaculate and the partners like Relief Line Global will continue to educate and empower women in order to advance development in the region.

“We are going to continue to provide education and empowering women through churches and partners while promoting peace and reconciliation among the communities,” said Maila.

She added that DMI is ready to give full education and to improve the life of the children and their mothers.

Meanwhile the Managing Director Relief Line Global Mr. Akhil Jain said they are working together with DMI to reward mothers by educating their children.

“The right to education is paramount. I understand the pain women go through that is why we are giving education to their children in order to empower their mothers,” Jain said.

Mr. Sreekumar Bhanuprakash who represented the Embassy of India at the ceremony welcomed the initiative provided by the Daughters of Mary Immaculate.

The head teacher of DMI St. Bhakita Nursery and Primary School Mr. John Likambu James said that there were many children in the area who were not attending school but after DMI opened the school there is no child left home.

“DMI should continue with the program in order to reduce illiteracy and I am appealing to the government to cooperate with the government of India to improve education in the Country,” said Likambu.

DMI is Abba Father Mission, the Africa mission contribution in reaching out to most vulnerable and deprived communities in South Sudan.

DMI opted to work in South Sudan after witnessing the suffering of people and based on a detailed need assessment.





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