Malang Mabior and her husband, Thuc Juach, moved to the U.S. 12 years ago from Twic Village, in South Sudan, Africa.
Sudan was involved in several decades of conflict because its southern portion was not granted full participation in the political system. According to the CIA, 2.5 million people died because of starvation and drought.
During the conflict, Juach had been imprisoned and tortured for undercover Christian missionary work in the Arab-controlled land.
“He was doing something illegally by praying with students and sharing Bibles with them,” said Mabior.
Ongoing peace talks led to a referendum that favored secession. South Sudan gained independence on July 9, 2011.
The couple has lived in Grovetown for three years with their five children and Mabior’s cousin, Mary Bol. Three of Mabior’s sisters and her parents still live in Twic Village.
The United Nations, Mabior said, has stopped aid to the area because it’s no longer considered at war. But the area is still underdeveloped and there are no hospitals or schools, she said.
A fundraiser walk to raise money for people in South Sudan will be held Saturday morning at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. After the walk, about 20 South Sudanese people will perform traditional dances at Warren Baptist Church.
Money from Saturday’s walk will help purchase Bibles for Twic Village and send students to college in Uganda.
“South Sudanese people have been in the war and terrorized by loss of family members. There is a need for education, a need for religion,” Mabior said.