Rebecca Nyamal was helped by Gua Africa to complete her High School education, and had been hoping for the chance to progress on to college in Kenya. In early December a generous sponsor from Canada came forward and we arranged for Nyamal to travel to South Sudan to obtain the necessary passport. Tragically, on the day she was to be handed her passport, fighting broke out in Juba and Nyamal was one of many thousands of civilians who had to flee for safety into the UN compound.
As you may have seen on television, the numbers within the compound soon soared to over 20,000 and the conditions were obviously terrible with very little food, water or sanitation plus continued security fears. Throughout this time we had been unable to locate make contact with Nyamal and were obviously very worried for her safety, knowing that many people had lost their lives. To our delight, this week Nyamal was able to make telephone contact with us and within just a few days, we managed to arrange for her safe passage from the compound to the airport, where she took a flight back to Nairobi.
Nyamal is now recuperating from her terrifying ordeal before commencing her college course next week. On her behalf, we'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved this week, including Adams our Kenya Coordinator, the passport office in Juba and of course the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Our thoughts are obviously with everyone still in Juba and throughout South Sudan affected by the conflict.