Crisis Continues in South Sudan
Jun 13, 2016
Food in Sudan is so scarce that children gather leaves from wild grasses and bushes to be boiled into soup.
Earlier this year The Trinitarian reported on the health crisis in South Sudan. Though assistance has come from the ACC in the developed world, particularly from the parishes in Canada, the situation in Aweil continues to be grave. Lack of rain has resulted in a serious threat of famine for both for people and livestock. The continuing drought is lowering water levels and reducing the amount of grazing land, which is having a grievous impact on the animals. In South Sudan many depend on cattle for meat, milk, and fuel. When the livestock die, people cannot remain on the land.
In a recent letter to the Vicar General of Canada, Bishop Garang reports that "people are collecting wild leaves to live on, which is causing loss of lives and diseases." Malnutrition is rampant among the population of his diocese and nearly 50,000 people have migrated north in search of food. International aid organizations estimate that a third of the country's population is at risk of starvation.Despite the ostensible end to the country's two-year civil war in April with the formation of a unity government, violence continues, and UN peacekeeers have stuggled to protect safe zones for refugees. Unless the fighting is stopped, officials fear that the famine will worsen.
Those who wish to donate funds for Sudanese relief may do so through the Saint Paul Mission Society. Bishop Garang has also requested continued prayers.
For more news from the ACC, see the upcoming issue of The Trinitarian.