South Sudan

South Sudan - ACT/DCA/Nils Carstensen ACT/DCA/Nils Carstensen

Latest Update: April 8, 2014 

BACKGROUND:

Fighting broke out between various elements of South Sudan’s armed forces on December 15, 2013. The conflict has displaced more than one million people, including 803,200 displaced within South Sudan and 254,600 who have fled to neighboring countries, such as Uganda and Kenya. (SOURCE: United Nations, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs).

The civil unrest has caused an increase in the number of refugee arrivals at Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp as well as into the Adjumani district of Uganda. In March 2014 over a five day span, 1,965 new refugees were registered within the Adjumani district where more than 64,000 refugees — the majority women and minors — now reside. The increase in arrivals has caused concern as the current camp budget is already stretched thin.

South Sudan remains one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world. It has struggled to maintain peace since July 2011, when the Republic of South Sudan officially declared its independence. Since that time, the country has struggled to cope with influxes of migrants from the north, conflict and below-average rainfalls, which have hampered food production amidst a swelling population.

LWR IS RESPONDING

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LWR and its partners are working to provide life-saving assistance to the people of South Sudan. Our work is geared toward helping people meet immediate needs as well as laying the foundation for long-term recovery.

In response to the growing needs of the people of South Sudan, LWR and partners will:

  • Provide life-saving nutrition supplements to children and women in health facilities in Bor County, within Jonglei State
  • Provide critically needed mosquito nets to thousands of people returning to their home regions in newly-formed South Sudan

In Kenya and Uganda, LWR is supporting the work of our partner, the Lutheran World Federation, to ensure that the basic needs of newly arrived and particularly vulnerable refugees are met.

YOU CAN HELP

There are several ways you can reach out to the people affected of South Sudan with Lutheran World Relief:

To give to South Sudan , please call 800.597.5972 or mail a check or money order to:

  • Pray for those affected by this on-going situation as well as those who work to provide assistance.
  • Make LWR Quilts and Kits so that LWR can continue to respond quickly and efficiently to emergency situations as they arise.
  • Give to LWR's South Sudan fund to support our long-term response. 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
    P.O. Box 17061
    Baltimore, MD 21297-1061
    USA

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.

INTERNATIONAL DISASTERS:

Editors:  When listing organizations receiving donations for aid to survivors of major disasters outside the United States, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, please include:

Lutheran World Relief, www.lwr.org, 800.597.5972

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:
Emily Sollie, 410.230.2802 (office), 443.220.3269 (cell), esollie@lwr.org

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