The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Rosa Lyo

Rosa Lyo lives in Rajaf, a rural village in South Sudan, 45 minutes by car from the South Sudan capital, Juba.

Rosa Lyo (75) is finding it very hard to gather food for herself and her husband, a 90-year-old Congolese refugee who is unable to walk after being tortured.

Rosa has to walk for an hour and a half each way to collect bitter weeds in the bush to cook and eat. Some of her neighbours are too weak to make the long trip and rely on food aid from the Church or friends. 

“We have to go because of hunger,” she said. “If you get killed, then you have to accept that it’s your time.”

The walk to find food is very dangerous because armed gangs roam the countryside, terrorising local people. 

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