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US first lady Melania Trump and US secretary of state Mike Pompeo present the 2019 International Women of Courage award to Sr Orla Treacy during a ceremony at the State Department in Washington, DC. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

An Irish nun who works in South Sudan was presented with an award for her work by US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and US first lady Melania Trump on(...)

Sr Orla Treacy,  principal of Loreto Rumbek  primary and secondary school and primary healthcare centre in Rumbek,  South Sudan. “We have been threatened at gunpoint, we have been insulted, all number of problems.”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In February 2006, Sr Orla Treacy stepped off a plane in Sudan ready to set up a girls’ boarding school in a remote region in the south of the country.(...)

 Sr Orla Treacy speaks to pupils at the Loreto secondary school in Rumbek, South Sudan, where she is principal.

It has been quite a year for Ireland’s Loreto sisters with three of them winning humanitarian awards on three continents. Last Saturday, Sr Orla Trea(...)