Our blog of 19th of February has a part 2!!!
On Wednesday we got the 10 Sudanese children suddenly in our home. After feeding and showering they were doing much better and a night of sleeping in a bed did the rest!! We were told that they were working on a solution and on Friday afternoon, some big cars entered Amecet compound. The Minister of State for relief and disaster, Musa Ecweru, came from Kampala to see how the situation with the children was. In a short time our compound was full with people, high government officials from Soroti came, the press came and there were at least 20 people around.
On this picture the Minister (second of the left) sits in Amun home on the sofa in our Amun home. Next to him the LC5 of Soroti, he is talking to the children to see what is the real story.
Outside the press is trying to get the story by interviewing several important people who all know something more about the whole case. There were people from three newspapers and the Ugandan National TV. After they left, it was quiet again and the children came to Amecet to practise riding our bicycles again and swing and jump on our trampoline.
But it was not over yet... On Tuesday there was a article in the newspaper, it was shown on the national TV and Wednesday afternoon again a big car came into our compound... With a police officer and an official from the office of the Prime Minister. He talked first with us and then with the children.
Here we are, at our veranda, discussing what would happen with the children, they were busy playing and had not much interest in the visitors. But they came to tell us that they would come and pick the children the next morning and bring them to a camp in Arua. This is more North, towards the Sudanese border. From there it would be easier to bring them back to their homes. There was also a grandmother with the group and many names of parents and villages, so it would not be too difficult. The area where they were from, was not at war. When the visitors left, we shared with the children, they were not happy, they liked it with us, but this is not a good situation for long, so it would be good that they will be united with their relatives.
On Thursday morning, the children were waiting on the veranda, not really happy, but it had to happen. The evening before we had soda's at the meal and after the meal they had a wonderful time of singing together. There was dancing and praising God, we also prayed for them. We wanted them to know that God is with them, wherever they would go.
When the government officials arrived, they gave us the papers, allowing us to hand over the 11 children to them. (there were now 11, one boy had been in the police cells, but had joined the group again). One by one they were called and checked if it was the right child. The Probation office Soroti and the Soroti Police was involved in the process.
Then stepping into the car, which was send from the office of the Prime Minister of Uganda. It was not a happy group leaving, but it was the best for them at this moment. We pray that they will be brought back to their family soon and go to school in their country. Thank God there is no war in their area, but South Sudan is not safe, they need our prayers......