The growth of the Diocese of Torit

The Episcopal Church of the Sudan Diocese of Torit was established in 1995 in exile during the intensive war in the area. The first Diocesan bishop also retired in exile in 2006. The current diocesan bishop was consecrated in April 2007 and enthroned in June 2007

At the time the diocese was created work started mainly in Magwi County. The diocesan area like any other part of Southern Sudan was devastated by the prolonged effects of the civil war. Destroyed physical structures - schools, health facilities, roads, bridges and other social and administrative infrastructures etc. – were the more visible evidence of collapse and decay. Extreme poverty, illiteracy, hunger and disease were the less obvious manifestations of the civil war. The security situation was worsened by the activities of the LRA – the rag-tag Ugandan rebel group – which had bases in Southern Sudan, concentrating in Magwi County, Owinyikibul in particular. The combined effects of all these led to mass displacement and migration of more than 50% of the Magwi County population into exile as refugees in Uganda.

ECS, Torit Diocese, tried on its own to take all social action under the auspices of the Diocese and has been operating under the Diocesan Development Committee. It tried its level best to exists amidst the war torn state for the purposes of development of strategy, resource mobilization, project management and institutional support. It was one of the first community institution to set up a base in Magwi under the difficult conditions as described above.

The diocese also lies on the corridor of Juba market for the merchants coming from Uganda and Kenya that have flocked into the town of Juba today. If there is any plan of preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS in the interior of the Country, the best area to target is the Diocese of Torit.