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Mercy (12) a community member filling up jerry cans of fresh clean water from the Cafod borehole. Due to the long queues they can spend up to two hours filling the cans which weigh 25kg.
The community of St Cecilia is home to over 400 households or approx 3.000 people. In Dec 2011 the communities first borehole was fitted by Cafod supplying the community with fresh water for the first time.
Each family is allowed to collect 5/6 jerrycans of water or 100 litres a day which is used for drinking, cooking and washing.
Each household pays approx 5 Sudanese Pounds or GBP1.50 a month to help with the maintenance. Those who cannot pay still have access to the water.
The Republic South Sudan gained Independence on 9th July 2011 following decades of war with north Sudan. The town of Yei became a base for the SPLA during the civil war in which an estimated 4 million people were displaced and more than 2 million died.
South Sudan is one of the poorest countries in the world with an illiteracy rate of 92%, only 3 surgeons, lack of basic health care, water and food security.