Plea for donations as 5 million in South Sudan face famine
Anglicans are responding to communities facing famine in South Sudan, where over 5 million people are in need of emergency support and 4.8 million are facing hunger (OCHA).
SUDRA, the relief and development arm of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan, is reaching out to communities with emergency aid – and we are asking for donations to support their work.
The Revd Joseph El Haj, of SUDRA, spoke to Anglican Alliance, which is co-ordinating the Anglican response to the crisis. He said: ‘Over half the people in South Sudan are on the verge of famine – due to drought and the security situation.
‘In Yei and Kajo Keji many people have left their homes and harvests. They are now without food. In Kajo Kaji the markets don’t have food. Many have already moved to Uganda. Others are staying around the churches for safety.’
Money has been distributed by SUDRA to communities in the Diocese of Yei so they can buy food and essential items in local markets.
SUDRA will also provide support for communities in the Diocese of Kajo Keji.
How your donations could help:
- £10 will buy a 20kg bag of rice
- £12 will buy a 35kg bag of maize flour
- £15 will buy 20 litres of cooking oil
- £25 will buy a 50kg bag of sugar
Hardships in the area have been made worse by ongoing conflict and violence, which have resulted in more than 1.5 million refugees fleeing South Sudan, with a further 2.1 million people internally displaced (UN).
The conflict arose after South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, which was followed by political infighting among the new ruling political party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.
The establishment of peace is therefore a crucial consideration if famine is to be prevented. According to the Revd Joseph: ‘If there is no room for peace, then famine is close. We are expecting a famine across the country if there is not peace.’
Dr Janice Proud, of Anglican Alliance, said: ‘As the humanitarian situation deteriorates, the church is with the people, sheltering those who have fled their homes, reaching out to those in need of relief and comfort.
‘Even in surrounding countries the church is responding, ministering to the displaced, providing relief support, but also offering psychosocial support and training in peace and reconciliation.’