U.S. priest lives with ‘suffering Christ’ at U.N. base in South Sudan

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May 6, 2015

Children sit atop a structure April 8 inside a U.N. base in Malakal, South Sudan. More than 20,000 civilians have lived inside the base since shortly after regional fighting broke out in December 2013, but renewed fighting in 2015 drove another 5,000 people into the relative safety of the camp. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey) See SSUDAN-BALATTI May 6, 2015.

Children sit atop a structure April 8 inside a U.N. base in Malakal, South Sudan. More than 20,000 civilians have lived inside the base since shortly after regional fighting broke out in December 2013, but renewed fighting in 2015 drove another 5,000 people into the relative safety of the camp. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey)

MALAKAL, South Sudan (CNS) — Behind the blue-helmeted U.N. soldiers ringing the periphery, their tanks and heavy weapons pointed outward, Maryknoll Father Mike Bassano’s parish is a tightly packed maze of tents and tarpaulins filled with people hiding from war.

Father Bassano is the only priest amid the 25,000 civilians who live inside the civilian protection area of the U.N. base here.

“This is where the church should be,” the 66-year old priest from Binghamton, New York, told Catholic News Service.

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