I know this news will reach the USA in some shape or form so I will give to you what I experienced. For about a week there was tension between a faction of the SPLA soldiers and local militia over a killing that had taken place in a village close to Yambio. It escalated to some shooting within the town of Yambio on Friday night. People became frightened and angry especially the youth armed themselves. This seems to be a tribal issue related to ongoing hurts and unresolved issues. As a consequence many people moved to the bush or other towns. We locked our gate and asked the students to stay in the compound on Saturday. They stayed very calm and were most cooperative. Bishop Edward talked to the UN and others to have plans in place for leaving if necessary. He and the parish priest along with the Bishop’s secretary came to meet with us. Father Benjamin also spoke with the students. The governor and deputy governor were also in contact with Juba. They sent a delegation of authorities from Juba as well as from the military. They spoke to the people and asked for people to stay in at night and to put down their guns. They have apparently listened. It has been calm and peaceful the last two nights. They are investigating the killings and have promised to take action. Father John also spoke to some of the youth in our neighborhood. It seems the youth are the first to escalate. He also came down to speak with our students and reassure them on Saturday night. We have students from all over the country and from different tribes and ethnic groups but they are staying calm and united as Solidarity members.
So at this time everyone here is safe and doing all right. Classes are continuing. Please continue to pray for peace and reconciliation in South Sudan.