South Sudan Refugee Crisis
Updated: April 12, 2017
Through our partnership with Pentecostal Assemblies of God Uganda, we are providing supplementary and highly nutritious food in the form of Corn Soya Blend Plus (CSB+). The project will feed 2,500 refugees; who are expected to receive 7kgs of CSB+ each month for 6 months.
The first shipment of CSB+ nutritional supplements were received on February 11th, marking the beginning of our program, which has been distributed to individuals.
South Sudan is at the grip of a large humanitarian crisis. Ongoing political conflict between the ruling party (Sudan People’s Liberation Movement) and the opposing party in the country has caused widespread displacement, raging violence and increasing rates of food insecurity. After an accused coup attempt by the vice-president in December 2013, violence spread rapidly across the nation displacing 413,000 civilians in that first month alone.
A new wave of violence erupted in July 2016 in the capital city of Juba just one day after the country celebrated it’s 5-year anniversary of independence. Over 300 people were killed in the first couple days of fighting alone, and the country spiraled back into a state of crisis. As people fled their homes, the value of currency plummeted and food prices soared to a record high.
1 in 5 people in South Sudan have been displaced, and thousands are flooding into neighbouring countries every day. Many refugees are crossing into Uganda, where over 82,000 people have sought refuge since July 1st 2016. Uganda is now facing a crisis of their own as they seek to care for the incoming South Sudanese refugees, 87% of whom are women and children.
Through ERDO’s partner, PAG Uganda, we will work with the local government, office of the Prime Minister, UNHCR existing resettlement camp structures and other actors within the West-Nile sub region in Northern Uganda to help the South Sudanese refugees in Rhino refugee resettlement camps. Currently, this sub region is hosting over 310,569 refugees who have entered into the country. Out of these, over 82,000 have entered after July 1, 2016 and continue to arrive on an average of 500 per day.
With your support, we will distribute nutritional food supplements in 16 villages to 2,000 pregnant women and 500 persons with special needs in Rhino resettlement camps. 2,500 beneficiaries will be supported on a monthly basis for three months. It is expected that by end of 3 months the beneficiary’s nutrition level and health general condition will be improved and there will be reduced vulnerability of health related challenges recorded.
$105 – provides one individual with live-saving nutritional supplements for three months.**
**With a special match from the Canadian Government through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, your gift will be matched four times. That means your gift of $105 will help five people in need.
Your donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support.