29 Mar 2020

 

Banbatt 3 Rejuvenated Forgotten Agok Leprosy Centre

“It is really a happy moment for us, though we have a few hours to go before Christmas, we have got the taste of celebration,” Mr Samuja Deng of the village said this with great satisfaction.

By James Deng Dimo

“We are almost forgotten, nobody sees us nor do we get any support from aid agencies. People are suffering too much, no food, no medicine and no water. But now we see the angels arriving X-mas gifts, food, medicine, clothing, water, notebooks, pens, footballs for our children”, Maget Viola, an inhabitant of the center expressed with happiness her feelings to Gurtong.

Banbatt 3, of UNMISS West Sector, organized a X -mas celebrations on 24 December for the distressed people of Agok Leprosy Centre, where Hon Minister for Gender, Social Welfare and Child participated with other high officials of the ministry.

Prepared and raw food stock, clothing items, educational items and medicines were distributed among the leprosy patients at the centre.

“Today is the best day for me since arrival in South Sudan and for my team to arrange this humanitarian assistance from our own belongings for this distressed people despite our limitations. I am very contented to see the cheerful faces of theses helpless people,” Contingent Commander Colonel Motaher Hossain said in his speech.

Banbatt singers Maj Saif, Maj Tasnif and Capt Alamin, sang a few songs creating a huge jubilation among the crowd. A joyful moment surged through the village as people joined in dancing along with the songs as a symbol of Christmas celebrations.

“It is really a happy moment for us, though we have a few hours to go before Christmas, we have got the taste of celebration,” Mr Samuja Deng of the village said this with great satisfaction.

“Wow! It is a great dance for me, I was eagerly waiting to dance but did not get to it. Today is the pleasant moment. Thanks Banbatt”, said a child with joy.

 

“We don’t have water, electricity and good road, we are hopeful that you may do something for us” said Sultan of the area.
Lt Col Tasnim and Maj Saif along with their team treated about 400 patients in the vicinity. “This is a terrible experience to see this kind of underprivileged people who lack basic amenities and health care. They need proper support from both government and aid agencies for their health and hygiene”

“We have listened to many women and children, the story of their sufferings. We helped them to receive medical treatment and adviced them what to do.” Said Female Engagement Commander Capt Afroza.

The Hon Minister in her concluding speech expressed deep satisfaction and gratitude to the Banbatt 3 for their outstanding humanitarian assistance and creating a joyful moment in the eve of X-Mas. “This is really a memorable moment for the people and for me. We are waiting for sustainable peace and to support the people,” she said.
 

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