WORST CITY - Juba, Sudan
143,000 plus 3 cats
Worst Feature: Like all cities
Juba has a rubbish pile, but this one also has children scrambling all over
it looking for anything they can use, eat or sell.
Best Feature: Cheap phone calls,
though only if you can mange to buy a phone card – supplies can be erratic.
Juba used to be a transport hub for this part of Africa with links to Congo,
Uganda and Kenya as well as air connections.
Since then there has been a war. Most places post-war gradually put
themselves right, but here there are land mines, far too many land mines
despite huge efforts to remove them. There are only three paved roads in the
town , and this together with the land mines makes even a short journey an
Best things – the determination of those seeking to improve matters. The
genuine hospitality, even amongst those who have very little
One of the dodgy things, if not the worst – the unusual tea – stick to
Checking out the latest Land
Rover . . .
The country of Sudan is often mistaken for a
Sedan chair - but admittedly there are similarities.
Help the children of Sudan with
The People's Republic of Sudan is the largest country in Africa (ten times
the size of the United Kingdom), and is situated on the shores of the Red
Sea between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Egypt. It is one of the poorest countries
in the world with an average daily income of less than £1. Its economic and
social problems are immense, compounded by the ongoing civil war which
started in 1983. Over a million people have died and four million have been
displaced, while frequent droughts and harvest failures mean there is
insufficient food to meet the country's needs. 1n 2003 there were 1.3
million orphans in Sudan - that's 9% of all children in Sudan. 91,000 of
these children were orphaned by AIDS and 1.2 million by conflict.
(Statistics: UNICEF 'Children on the Brink 2004' July 2004).
SOS Children in Sudan
SOS Children has been active in Sudan since 1978 when the first SOS
Children's Village and nursery school were built on land donated by the
Sudanese government on the outskirts of the capital Khartoum. The village
has 15 family homes and two youth homes. In 1982 an SOS school (primary and
secondary), which is also open to children from the neighbourhood, was built
in Suba about twenty minutes walk from the village. Eight new classrooms
were added to the school in 1995. A farm on the banks of the Nile, not far
from Suba, provides vocational training for SOS youths as well as food for
the village, with the surplus being sold locally.
As part of the International Year of the Family in 1995, SOS Children
constructed an artesian well in the El Salama district of Khartoum which
supplies fresh water to about 25,000 people in the area. Sudan's second SOS
Children's Village opened in 2002 in Malakal, the capital of the Upper Nile
province in the south of the country. The 10 family houses are home to 100
children. Health and welfare facilities in the neighbourhood are virtually
non-existent and an SOS Mother and Child Clinic is being built to provide
medical care for families and children in the area as well as a nursery
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