Sudanese refugee organized fundraiser walk to help developing South Sudan
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A local Sudanese refugee hasn’t forgotten the people she left behind in a war-torn area.

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.


WHAT: Walk for South Sudan

WHERE: Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road

WHEN: 7-10 a.m. Saturday

COST: $25 per family

WHAT: Traditional South Sudanese dance and lunch

WHERE: Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

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bclicious 08/24/12 - 02:12 am
This is a terrible idea!!!

I know that bad things are sometimes paved with good intentions, and this is a very good example.

From my personal experience, the resources that the entire world contributes to any part of Africa rarely reach the intended recipients. For the most part, whether it is to be used for food, clothing, medical, or any other matter; there are usually some nice armed men who work for warlords who are waiting at the ports. When the items are being off-loaded, those men push the people back, and say, "Unless you want to die, this is ours!"

So, if any of you are planning on participating in any event to support foreign countries, I would suggest doing some extensive research to verify that your efforts will not be in vein.

Sorry for the bad news.

JRC2024 08/24/12 - 08:46 am
I believer there are pleanty

I believer there are pleanty of people who need help in the United States. But not government help. Once on most of the time for good.

hr69 08/24/12 - 12:19 pm
Good cause

Some of the monies raised from this event is being used to further a "talking Bible" mission in South Sudan. The Bible is being translated into their language. In the video Thuc explains what more about their cause. He and Malang are members of our Sunday School class at Warren.

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