Skaneatelans build clinic for Africans

Father Major said the discovery of oil in the Southern Sudan has caused a lot of tension in the nation. The Northern Sudan is mostly Muslim and the South is mostly Christian.

This was Dewitt's first trip to Africa. His wife Adrienne was an avid listener during our meeting. She showed me several pictures Mark took of the Dinkas.

"They are tall, handsome people and very bright, and friendly," Mark said. Already, in recent years, some of the Dinkas in America, have become some of our best professional athletes.

"There were two major tribes where we were located in Duk County," Mark said, "the Dinkas and Nuer. When we began the building I was so impressed by the building skills of the Nuers especially."

Father Major said the tribe's people had been building their own homes for many years, so they had become quite experienced.

It has been estimated two million lives have been eradicated in the recent civil war and four million more have been forced into refuge status. People are returning to the Duk County area by the thousands. There are no schools and they will have little access to health care.

The new clinic will be a beginning in providing health care. The new facility will be called the Duk Lost Boys Clinic.

A medical staff is being recruited. The clinic will provide maternity services and health education to improve mother and infant mortality and further minimize emergency death due to traveling long distances for health care.

The complete project is under the American Care for Sudan Foundation, a New York State Corporation, with headquarters in Skaneateles. Their email is acsudanfoundation.org

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