1.5 million South Sudanese people have fled their homes as brutal fighting continues.
At least 588,222 of those displaced are children.
Approximately 400,000 of the 1.5 million refugees have fled to neighboring countries, mostly to Ethiopia, which now hosts 158,000 displaced people.
At least 10,000 people have been killed by the conflict; however, exact figures do not exist, and the death toll may be much higher.
Heavy fighting continues despite a ceasefire signed by the government and opposition leaders in January. Peace talks that were being conducted in Addis Ababa were indefinitely suspended last month. Fighting between government and opposition forces began in December 2013.
The onset of the rainy season has complicated the relief effort, making roads impassable and encouraging the spread of cholera and other waterborne diseases among refugees and those living in remote areas.
The fighting has prevented farmers from planting crops, resulting in the risk of severe famine.
The UN projects that at least 3.9 million South Sudanese people will be at risk of starvation between June and August of this year.
South Sudan already suffers from a high malnutrition rate among children and the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. Approximately one out of every five children born in South Sudan dies before reaching the age of 5.
Only an end to the violence will fix the situation, but in the meantime aid is desperately needed to avert a humanitarian disaster.
Anglican bishops from South Sudan and Ethiopia have made repeated appeals for aid as they try to meet the needs of refugees seeking help from the local Anglican church. Needs include food, clothing, water, and shelter as well as Bibles, churches, and spiritual care.
ARDF has committed a minimum of $30,000 to provide life-saving aid to refugees suffering in South Sudan and neighboring countries.
How to Help:
- Please pray for peace in South Sudan and for our brothers and sisters suffering there.
- Please consider making a donation through ARDF to help support Anglicans in South Sudan and Ethiopia who are responding to this crisis.
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