Urgent Relief Need: Refugee Crisis in South Sudan

Innocent children and women are dying and wailing without knowing the cause of their death and abuse. May you come to our help and stand with us in this critical situation.”

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For churches: Consider printing this South Sudan Relief Bulletin Insert and taking a special offering on behalf of those affected this Sunday.

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The death toll has risen to well over 1,000, and hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced as fighting continues in South Sudan.

Update (February, 17th, 2014): despite the ceasefire signed on January 23rd, fighting has continued in South Sudan and the refugee crisis both inside and outside this fledgling nation has grown worse. Original relief appeal:

Peace talks between rival factions supporting President Kiir and former deputy Riek Machar began on Jan. 3rd in Addis Ababa, yet the deadly violence which erupted on Dec. 15th has not abated. Longstanding ethnic tensions between the Dinka (Kiir) and Nuer (Machar) tribes have helped to fuel the conflict surrounding this power struggle. Rebel forces now seem poised to march on Juba, the capital of South Sudan, from their stronghold of Bor in Jonglei state.

Anglican Church leaders in South Sudan have issued a desperate appeal for peace between the two sides and for humanitarian relief.

Thousands of refugees have fled to camps in nearby Ethiopia where they face starvation and thirst.  The local Anglican Bishop, Grant LeMarquand, reports that “some of the towns where we have churches near the border have been overrun with large numbers of people fleeing the fighting in South Sudan. The UNHCR and the World Food Program have not yet caught up to the reality of people’s needs and so they are turning to the church for help.”

It will not cost much to provide food for these desperate refugees–about $3,000 for several weeks of food–but the need is immediate and possibility of starvation immanent. Click here to support South Sudanese people suffering as a result of this violent conflict.

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The need for aid is just as pronounced within South Sudan itself where refugees are gathering in overrun and rapidly deteriorating camps without water, food, or shelter. Many have resorted to drinking directly from the same rivers in which others wash and defecate. The situation is dire and poses a severe risk of contagious disease spread according to Doctors Without Borders.

Anglican leaders in South Sudan have offered strong, public opposition to the fighting: “We are seeking peace and ceasefire urgently and welcome the world to intervene and put an end to the rampant killing of innocent women, children, disabled and the elderly people that are dying without cause and the abuse that is now going on across the Country. We are condemning senseless killing of civilians and call upon the President of South Sudan H.E General Salva Kiir Mayardit and the former Vice President Dr, Riek Machar to  stop fighting and come for dialogues and peaceful negotiation than the use of gun.”

They have also asked for immediate humanitarian assistance.

We ask for your prayers for the people of South Sudan during this time of war:

Give peace O Lord, in all the world, for only in you can we live in safety.

Please also consider supporting the Anglican Church in South Sudan and surrounding countries as they seek to respond to this crisis:

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For churches: Consider printing this South Sudan Relief Bulletin Insert and taking a special offering for those affected this Sunday.

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Read the full press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 23, 2013

Voice of South Sudanese Church Leaders in Nairobi-Kenya:

Theme ‘God Save Our Nation; South Sudan”

It is after we have heard about the devastation and destruction war that erupted in Juba on December 15th, 2013 and extended to Bor town on the 18thDecember, 2013 and later to Bentui that we the undersigned bishops needed to add our voice and alarm the world that South Sudan is in crisis and needed urgent intervention. We the bishops and clergymen from South Sudan called this urgent meeting under the theme “God Save Our Nation of South Sudan. We are seeking peace and ceasefire urgently and welcome the world to intervene and put an end to the rampant killing of innocent women, children, disabled and the elderly people that are dying without cause and the abuse that is now going on across the Country.

We are condemning senseless killing of civilians and call upon the President of South Sudan H.E General Salva Kiir Mayardit and the former Vice President Dr, Riek Machar to  stop fighting and come for dialogues and peaceful negotiation than the use of gun. We urge you to put the lives of the people first and political differences should be addressed later in love and harmony. It is with this concern that we need to call upon the government of Kenya under the leadership of H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, United Nation, AU, IGAD, UK and USA to come and approach these two leaders to come together and address the security situation in the country. We are tired of war, we need peace and South Sudanese peace is African Peace. Innocent Children, Women are dying and wailing without knowing the cause of their death and abuse.  May you come to our help and stand with us in this critical situation.

We are extending our call to all South Sudanese in Diaspora and Kenya in –particular to Live in peace and harmony as brothers and sisters and abstain from political influences that come from politicians. Therefore, we strongly recommended that all tribes regardless of Dinka, Nuer, Shiluk, Lotuko, etc should not be involved in violent. The conflict that has just started in Juba should not be misunderstood as Nuer-Dinka conflict but it is a political difference among the politicians. Hence, we encourage peaceful dialogues between President Kiir and Dr. Riek to accept sitting together and resolve their political differences in a manner that portray political will and patriotism to the citizens of the Republic of South Sudan.

We are requesting for the Regional organizations IGAD, East Africa Community (EAC) and all Humanitarian Agencies to donate humanitarian assistance (food, tents, and medicines…) to the victims who are caught up under this difficult situation.

We appeal to all Christians around the world to pray for political stability in South Sudan and we request all South Sudanese Christian in Kenya and elsewhere to conduct prayers in their South Sudanese churches here in Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret and Kakuma and many other places outside Kenya this is because our success is in God’s hand as indicated in Bible that, “but if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by the one other” (Gal 5:15). May we all live in peace as brothers and sisters, we hate the war and we love peace’! “Almighty God comes to our help” Voice from South Sudanese bishops and clergymen in Nairobi-Kenya.

Signed:

Rt. Rev. Ezekiel Ding Ajang

Rt. Rev. Jospeh Makeer Ator

Rt. Rev. Moses Deng Bol

Rt. Rev. Abraham Yel Nhial

Ven. Simon Thon Jok

Rev. James Bol Chol

Ven. James  Chol Deng

Mr. Dominic Deng Majok

Mr. James Magook Cilim

Mr. Simon Yak Deng

Evan. Daniel Yor Deng

Ven. Stephen Mayuen Mou

Ven. Antipas Mayen Biar

Mr. Deng Yak Dout

Ven. Peter Garang Deng

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