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Malwal, Republic of South Sudan
Malwal, is a rural village on the Ethiopia/South Sudan border. I learned upon arrival that the last white woman to come to this village was in 1984, so needless to say, myself and the other ladies in my travel group were something of a fascination. This tiny village used to be an urban metropolis before it was bombed in 1985. Now it consists of 30-50 mud and stick houses, and some of the kindest most generous people you would want to meet. Community members belong to the Nuer tribe, and are eager to learn English--South Sudan's new national language. The village is accessible by 4x4 in the dry season, or boat from Gambella the rest of the year. This is a place to travel for community service, or a village experience, as the people are quite kind. Mobile telephone service has just reached the region this month. If traveling, prepare for camping/backpacking conditions, and take all insect precautions.
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