Emergency Alert - Updated June 12, 2012
On July 9, 2011, The Republic of South Sudan officially declared its independence, making it the world’s newest country.
There are still many issues to be resolved between Sudan and South Sudan, including issues of establishing citizenship and the border between the two countries. As the two countries work through these issues, LWR expects there will be growing needs through the region over the coming months.
South Sudan is one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world. While already struggling to meet the needs of its existing population, South Sudan is also coping with an influx of migrants from the north. LWR partners estimate between 400,000 and 800,000 people are in the process of migrating from the north, placing a significant strain on people already living in South Sudan. With below-average rainfalls and a swelling population, producing enough food to feed everyone will be difficult.
Adding to the complexity of the emergency, conflict in the hotly contested border regions of Abyei and South Kordofan have grown increasingly violent. This has displaced thousands more, and threatens to undermine a peaceful transition to independence for South Sudan.
LWR AND PARTNERS RESPOND
LWR and its partners are working to provide life-saving assistance to people in South Sudan, including new arrivals. Our work is geared toward helping people meet immediate needs as well as laying the foundation for long-term recovery.
LWR has committed an initial $125,000 to IMA World Health and Lutheran World Federation (a member of the ACT Alliance).
In response to the growing needs of the people of South Sudan, LWR and partners will:
YOU CAN HELP
Your support will help LWR stay with the people of South Sudan as they work toward a peaceful and productive future. To support this long-term response, please give a gift to LWR’s South Sudan fund.
To give to the South Sudan fund, you may give online at lwr.org/donate, by phone at 800.597.5972 or by mailing a check or money order to:
Lutheran World Relief - South Sudan
Gifts to the South Sudan fund will be used to respond to this crisis until needs are met. Gifts received after that time will be used where needs are greatest.
Lutheran World Relief
700 Light Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230 USA
800.597.5972 | email@example.com