News from Twic East: Bishop Ezekiel’s Appeal for Assistance
Appeal for Assistance
Our companion Diocese of Twic East in South Sudan suffered another attack on their people on Sunday, October 20th. Thank you for the many emails and phone calls from across the diocese expressing concern and requesting news. There have been numerous and varying reports from a variety of news sources that we have been trying to verify and piece together in order to give you a better understanding of the situation and how we can best support our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Here is a link to a copy of a press release received from the Rev. Bol Deng, written by the Bishop’s and Pastors in the Dioceses of Twic East and Bor, which talks about the recent attack as well as the history since the Peace Agreement in Jonglei State was signed.
Also, below you will find a personal message from Bishop Ezekiel Diing on the attack and flooding in Twic East. As many of you know, Bishop Ezekiel is in the U.S. until the middle of November while his son, Paul Telar, recovers from brain surgery. If you would like to respond to his appeal for assistance, please make your checks payable to the Diocese of Nebraska and mark it for Twic East Mission and we will work directly with Bishop Ezekiel when he returns to Twic East to make sure that these emergency funds are used to help the people of Twic East recover and rebuild.
Please keep all of our brothers and sisters in Twic East in your prayers as they grieve the loss of so many loved ones and continue to work toward a lasting peace.
May the souls of the faithfully departed through the mercy of God
rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon them.
Letter from Bishop Ezekiel
On October 20, 2013, hundreds of men in green uniforms armed with all sort of guns including
heavy artillery launched a deadly attack on civilian populations in Twic East County killing about
80 people. Many others were wounded, children and women were abducted, close to 25,000
cattle were looted and many houses were burned down. The attackers were rebels led by the
Murle leader, David Yau Yau, who is supported by (Northern) Sudan and have been fighting the
government of South Sudan since 2010.
On the other front, the Twic East County is prone to flooding because of its proximity to the
largest swamp along the River Nile. As we speak thousands of people are displaced by the
flood after the area experienced heavy downpours and the mud-made dykes overflowed and
were destroyed by the water surge from the Nile.
As a result of the two mentioned calamities, the people of Twic East are not dealing only with
the aftermath of a deadly attack in the area but also are exposed to water born disease, lack of
shelter, food and clean water. As the Bishop of the affected area, I am appealing for prayers
and any kind of material support such as mosquito nets, blankets, clothes, water cans,
medicines or cash and of course, food items to relieve the situation in Twic East.
The people of Twic East Diocese and the whole area are kindly requesting your prayers for
those innocent people who lost their loved ones and those whose properties were destroyed or
looted during the attacks of the David Yau Yau rebels.
As followers of Jesus Christ, I ask you to remember the book of Matthew 25:34 where our Lord
said that those who render good services to the needy will inherit the kingdom of God. We are
a new diocese in a country which has just begun to recover from war and are overwhelmed by
these recent events.
Yours in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. Canon Ezekiel Diing Ajang Malangdit
Bishop of Twic East Diocese