South Sudan: Healing Hands
13 March 2017

Mariam Luma a JRS volunteer offering massage services to an elderly man in Doro Refugee Camp located in Maban County, South Sudan/ Photo by, JRS Maban Team
Before leaving, she asked me how much she had to pay me for the service, but I told her: “this is my contribution to the community, go in peace.”


Maban, 13 March 2017 - I am Mariam Luma, one of the thirteen (13 ) home visitors for JRS Maban (South Sudan) whose work is to visit and accompany persons with disabilities in Doro Refugee Camp and in the host community in their homes. I also offer them massage and muscle relaxation exercises as necessary. This was made possible by the physiotherapy training that JRS offered me in May-June 2016.

Why did you join JRS Maban?

JRS attracted me because of the simplicity of its staff. My home is next to JRS compound and I was impressed by their humble style, always putting themselves at the same level with our people. Now I am one of them.

How has the experience changed your life?

The experience has enabled me to offer services to more people as some even come to my house in the evening complaining of pain here or there. I give them a massage and they go home relieved. The other day one person who had been in pain for several days came back very happy because she had been able to finally sleep well after I massaged her. She told me that she used to go to the hospital to ask the doctor for drugs, but that my hands were better than the drugs. Before leaving, she asked me how much she had to pay me for the service, but I told her: “this is my contribution to the community, go in peace.”

What do you enjoy the most?

The most enjoyable part of my work is working with the people with disabilities. When I help one, very often the person goes to tell others about it. I would like to have more training to get more knowledge and experience.

About JRS Maban

Maban County tucked in a corner in the North-Eastern part of South Sudan is a land of many contrasts. The local population, the Mabanese plays host to Sudanese refugees while at the same time suffering displacement of its own people. JRS set shop here back in early 2013 where it is running educational programs for both host and refugee communities, pastoral activities as well as a psychosocial program (outreach program in the community, physiotherapy and counseling trainings, day care center, parent support group, sport activities and life skills trainings for the youth).

There are approximately 200 persons with disabilities and 300 elderly persons receiving assistance from JRS. However, thousands more are in need and more support is needed to reach them.


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