Aweil, Southern Sudan

Despite repeated vaccination campaigns, polio continues to claim victims in Southern Sudan. 64 new cases were reported between June 2008 and June 2009.

Tong Diing inches his way through the dirt streets of Aweil.
The international community continues to make substantial investments in the effort to eradicate polio from Southern Sudan. As a symbol of the latest immunization campaign, UNICEF and the Rotary Club sent amidst much fanfare a “Kick Polio out of Africa” football, signed by polio survivor, Bishop Desmond Tutu, to the Southern Sudanese Capital Juba. But little is being done to help polio survivors overcome physical handicaps and fulfill their human potential.

Thousands of polio survivors struggle to survive in Southern Sudan. Most of those who have lost the use of their legs must crawl through the dirt or be carried by relatives or friends to get from point A to point B. Education and employment is usually out of reach.

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Tong Diing inches his way through the dirt streets of Aweil.

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Moses Leading his Handicapped People

The War Years

For over 20 years, Southern Sudan was devastated by civil war between the north and south

The catastrophic consequences of war in Southern Sudan were the greatest in the Aweil area, bordering Darfur. Unable to flee from slave raiders and forage for food, many people with polio perished. But the survivors are determined to help themselves take advantage of the cessation of hostilities. One of their leaders is aptly named Moses.

Moses Leading his Handicapped People

Moses’ legs may have been destroyed by polio, but his spirit remains strong. He is determined to do everything possible to make sure that other polio sufferers in his community overcome their handicaps and lead full, rewarding and dignified lives. Moses therefore founded People vs Polio — a self-help association. Christian Solidarity International (CSI) is providing a helping hand.

Severely restricted movement is the greatest challenge facing most polio survivors. A hand-propelled tricycle can revolutionize life for an immobile survivor of polio. The vehicle creates the chance to obtain a stimulating education and productive employment. CSI has provided People vs Polio with a welding machine to enable polio survivors to build their own tricycles out of bicycle parts and scrap metal.

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A tricycle revolutionizes the quality of life.


Self-help enhances self-esteem.

Survivors of polio are eager to learn. Three years ago, the UN’s World Food Program built a school for People vs Polio and provided regular supplies of grain. From the grain supplies Moses was able to pay teachers. But the school burnt down at the beginning of 2010. CSI is committed to helping construct a new school building.

Proud craftsmen and their crosses.

Survivors of polio want to work and be productive. CSI has provided hand tools to enable the handicapped to make crosses out of local mahogany. Proceeds from sales help the handicapped.

A she-goat given in love.

The gift of a she-goat can result in self-sufficiency for a polio survivor. Goats need little minding. Females provide a regular supply of milk and multiply. CSI has started to distribute she-goats and aims to provide all those afflicted with polio in the Aweil area with at least one.

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