Space for a Cause: Satellite Sentinel Project reports violence against clinic and orphanage

The Enough Project and the Satellite Sentinel Project reported new satellite imagery and eyewitness reports that document new violence in South Sudan. The images show at least ten buildings burned and looted at the Duk Lost Boys Clinic and the African Soul American Heart Foundation's Boarding School for Orphaned Girls in Duk Payeul, South Sudan. Eyewitnesses told the Enough Project that armed forces aligned with former vice president Riek Machar attacked the site and threatened to kill anyone who stayed. All of the residents evacuated the village.

John Dau, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan who fled the Sudanese civil war, arrived in America in 2001 to build a new life. He never forgot his homeland and in 2007 created the John Dau Foundation to build the Duk Lost Boys Clinic in his home village. Two dozen staff cared for more than 75,000 people from the surrounding community. Although the clinic’s staff evacuated safely, the clinic itself suffered extensive damage as the armed forces stripped it of its medical supplies.

The volunteers at African Soul American Heart built the Boarding School for Orphaned Girls in Duk Payeul as a refuge for young girls with no family to return to after the civil war. Thirty four girls get the education they need to become leaders in their communities. According to the African Soul American Heart website, the school’s staff is safe but they are still trying to find all of the girls.

Both the John Dau Foundation and African Soul American Hearts are calling for donations to rebuild.