The Norwegian Embassy in Khartoum visited El Obeid 23. – 24. April 2017. Deputy head of mission, Ms. Christina Ø. Eikeland and her colleague Mr. Eivind Møllerhaug had meetings with Deputy Wali, Mr. Ismail Makki, Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, Mr. Ahmad Babikir and other officials in the Wilaya of El Obeid. The embassy was also taken to locations (by HAC) where South Sudanese refugees were living, and the picture under shows the dire situation these refugees were living under. Most of the refugees had walked for two weeks from Bentiu in South Sudan to reach El Obeid, and they were tired and exhausted from their ordeals. WFP is providing them with basic food items, once a month (sorghum, oil and salt), we were told, and they had drinking water from a tap in the neighborhood. Apart from this, they only owned the clothes they were wearing. The Wilaya of El Obeid were, at the time, aware of 2134 south Sudanese refugees, who were living rough, but the numbers kept increasing as famine reached greater areas in South Sudan.
The representatives of the Norwegian embassy were also in El Obeid to take part in the celebration of the consecration of a new bishop to El Obeid, Mr. Younan Tombe Trille. The consecration which lasted over 4 hours outdoors, in 43 degrees heat, was a “fiesta” attended by over 1000 cheerful people. The consecration was attended by bishops, priests, fathers, nuns, congregations and musicians from all over Sudan and South Sudan and was headed by the cardinal of Sudan.