South Sudan: Relief provided for families facing famine and conflict
Thanks to generous USPG supporters who sent donations in the spring of 2017, emergency aid was given to communities in South Sudan after drought left over 5 million people facing hunger.
As of July 2017, the situation was complicated by ongoing political in-fighting among leaders that has arisen since South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011.
Independence led to violence in the country, with 1.5 million refugees fleeing South Sudan and a further 2.1 million internally displaced.
Anglicans responded to the disaster.
SUDRA, the relief and development arm of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan, reached out to communities with emergency aid.
Emergency funding was co-ordinated in the UK by Anglican Alliance.
SUDRA has developed a strong capacity for relief activities and works closely with local volunteers to ensure the most vulnerable are reached, namely young children, pregnant and new mothers, people with disabilities, and the elderly.
SUDRA focused relief support in the southern states of Greater Equatoria, where families have been fleeing to the bush or over the border to Uganda due to the conflict in the area.
The relief work was planned with the ACT Alliance church-coalition task force, based in Juba, with different organisations focusing on different affected areas.