There are more than a million refugees currently live in Bishop Odoki’s diocese in Uganda. Most of the refugees come from South Sudan and a small portion from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The first groups arrived in late 2013 after civil war broke out in South Sudan.
Due to short supply of priest, “a pastoral and spiritual care is much needed to meet the needs of refugees. Bishop Odoki said his diocese even lacks the financial support to provide shelter for the pastoral agents. So the bishop is appealing to religious congregations to send priests and sisters to help meet the refugees’ spiritual needs. “They are welcome,” he said.