On Monday morning we clambored into the back of a pickup truck with Anna Mijji, the Sudanese woman trained by Sr Kathleen Connolly earlier this year to carry on the Womens’ Health Promotion Workshops in the villages surrounding Narus. After a bouncy 15 minute drive that produced billows of red dust behind us, we pulled up to the first cluster of thatched huts.
As we arrived, so did a group of young women walking on foot. Some were carrying jerry cans of water, and two had metal pans on their heads. Sticking up garishly from both pans were half a dozen legs of goats—no doubt destined for sale at the local market. Anna showed the women a photo sent by Sr Kathleen that had been taken at one of the earlier workshops. They passed the photo from one to another, examining it with great seriousness, fascinated at seeing themselves in the picture. Then the women resumed their long walk to register for the upcoming Referendum in January that will determine the fate of S.Sudan.