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Refugee Crisis in South Sudan Intensifies


ARDF has received an appeal for emergency funding from trusted Anglican partners who are providing vital assistance to refugees fleeing escalating violence in South Sudan. Read more about the crisis that began in December 2013 here. 

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Relief Updates:

1. South Sudan Refugee Crisis Update — Bishop Grant LeMarquand (8/22/2015)

Bp. Moses Deng from the Diocese of Wau in South Sudan writes:

Greetings in Jesus name! We are extremely sad to write this letter of appeal to you for the relief assistance to the people of Farajalla and Baiza Payam of Western Bahr el Ghazal state, to alleviate the suffering of innocent children, women and elders who have been forced out from their homes and run to the bushes. On 29th June, 2015, the South Sudan rebels allied to a former vice-President, Dr. Riak Machar had attacked Farajalla Payam, 36 miles Southwest of Wau town of Western Bahr el Ghazal State. The attacks resulted a burning of one day old child to death, killed one old man and massive displacement. This is the second time the rebels attacked Western Bahr el Ghazal state after last month’s attack in Baiza town, which resulted displacement of 500 households.

According to South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation commission in Western Bahr el Ghazal state confirmed that 739 households (3033 individuals) were displaced from their homes due to the eruption of fighting between government forces and the rebels in the Farajalla Payam, of Wau County. The area was completely devastated, the houses were burned down and their properties were looted. The victims now ran to Ngodoakala Boma, where they occupied Ngodoakala primary school due to lack of the shelters.

According to the meeting we held on Wednesday with the County commissioner Mr. Elia Kamilio Dimo, on the security and humanitarian situation updates in Farajalla Payam, he confirmed that 739 households were displaced and the security situation is still awful. Mr. Commissioner further said, people were exposed away from their homes where they do agricultural activities and the collection of the wild fruits for their surviving. The county commissioner calls on the International and national NGOs, Civil Society Organizations, Churches and government to make a very quick response on the situation of the Internal displaced persons in Ngoakala Boma.

Therefore, we appeals to Anglican Communion in worldwide, International and nation partners, friends, all the charity organizations and agencies to please come in and help the Internal displaced persons. We plead to you all to pray for us and lobby your governments, organizations and churches as well to come up with possible approach of humanitarian assistant for children and elderly people who are severely suffering in Ngodoakala, Farajalla Payam in Wau County. The crisis which began as a political struggle within the SPLM party, turned now into a military struggle which later took on the dimension of ethnic problems pitting the Dinka and the Nuer speaking communities, but now is spreading nationwide. As the Diocese of Wau of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan, we are deeply concerned and worried that if the situation is not contained as soon as possible, it may turn into a worse one which will later result the death of more people due to cold, lack of food and diseases.

Thank you for your prayers, and help, we always appreciate you being there for the vulnerable people of South Sudan before, during and after this conflict.

An Escalating Refugee Crisis:

Other ARDF partners in the region report a rise in violence and increased influx of refugees who lack food, shelter, clothing, and spiritual care as they wait to be registered at UN camps. Local Anglicans are hard pressed to provide for the needs of the poor entering their communities.

How you Can Help:

Please join us in praying for our brothers and sisters in South Sudan:

Compassionate God, draw near to our brothers and sisters in South Sudan in this time of sorrow and anguish, comfort those who mourn, strengthen those who are weary, encourage those in despair, and lead us all to fullness of life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen

Or this,

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and forever. Amen

Would you consider making a donation to provide vital supplies to refugees fleeing violence in South Sudan? 

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At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality.

2 Corinthians 8:14


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