South Sudan is a landlocked country located in Central Africa. In 2011, they won independence from their northern neighbour, Sudan, after two decades of brutal civil wars. Sudan is predominantly Muslim, while South Sudan is a mix of Christian and animists.
Over 2 million people died in these civil wars. The damage to infrastructure and development over this period was catastrophic. Conflict with Sudan over disputed (oil rich territories) flared up again in 2012. In late 2013, internal violence erupted due to political and tribal differences. Tens of thousands were killed and about 1 million people displaced in the fighting.
In February 2017, famine was declared.
War, conflict, inter-community violence, economic decline, instability, disease and drought has forced 3 million people to flee their homes, and 7.5 million people need humanitarian assistance.
1. THROUGH PRAYER & PERSONAL ENGAGEMENT
Living on $2 a day is the Australian equivalent of living in extreme poverty. Can you survive on $2 a day for food? Try it for 3 days. Do a $6 grocery shop and eat only that food for the next 3 days.
2. THROUGH GIVING & SHARING
What do you spend a week on groceries? The average West Australian household spends $146 on groceries (excluding coffees, eating out, etc). Consider giving the equivalent of a week’s worth of groceries to the South Sudan Famine Appeal.
You can make your donation by the following methods:
• Give cash during the Love Offering at our Good Friday service
• Give online at http://www.inpartnership.org.au/south-sudan-famine (tax deductible)
Your gift will bring humanitarian assistance to those in greatest need. Our partner organisations have staff and resources on the ground and can act quickly and provide Food Relief, Nutrition, Emergency Health, seeds, tools and care.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
Global Mission Partners and Churches of Christ Overseas Aid