Joseph Ayok lost his mother and two brothers in the civil war that has been devastating southern Sudan for the last 30 years. Joseph, a former Olympic athlete, is now a vicar in Dorset after he fled to England 17 years ago. But he hasn't forgotten his native country, and his life's mission is to highlight the suffering of people in Sudan.
Recently Joseph made his first visit back to his home village of Aweil in Sudan, helped by funding from the Church Missionary Society (CMS). He and his wife Karin are former CMS mission partners. Joseph visited his mother's grave and surviving family. He met children from the local school and showed them photographs of schools in England. He talked to a local army commander who is sceptical about the value of outside help.
Joseph returned to Dorset after just a week investigating the effects of war and famine in southern Sudan, but he knows that he will be back soon because his life is profoundly connected with the Dinka people - his people - and there future.
Joseph's pilgrimage was featured in the BBC TV programme "Correspondent" shown on BBC2 on Saturday 19th February 2000 at 6:30pm.
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