The United Nations officially declared in February that famine in South Sudan threatens 100,000 people with starvation. Over 1.1 million children are in danger of acute malnutrition. Almost 5 million people, 40 percent of the population, need urgent help.
- Civil war and tribal violence kept farmers from planting and tending their crops. Food production stopped.
- At the same time, the inflation rate surged some 800 percent — if food were available, no one but the extremely wealthy could even dream of buying it!
Worst Fears Realized
“Our worst fears have been realized,” said Serge Tissot, a representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. “Many families have exhausted every means they have to survive. The people are predominantly farmers and war has disrupted agriculture. They’ve lost their livestock, even their farming tools.”
According to Tissot, people have survived the past few months by scavenging for food. Many have flocked to refugee centers in northern Uganda. The UN refugee agency said that more than 1.5 million people have fled the country and created Africa’s largest refugee problem.
Helping Refugees in Northern Uganda
A South Sudan refugee family huddles under a tarp with the supplies given to them on their plot of land in Uganda.
Food for the Hungry has worked in South Sudan since 2001 and now helps refugees to resettle in Uganda. We assist host communities and refugees with seeds, tools, equipment, training and by linking them to markets.
With the refugee crisis outpacing the capacity of host communities to care for them, resettlement communities fill quickly.
- When desperate families arrive at Uganda’s refugee centers, they wait a day or two for registration.
- Once registered, officials take them to a small plot of land and give them basic items such as a machete, jerrycans and other minor non-food items. The families carve out shelter and a living from the rugged and dry terrain.
- During one Food for the Hungry visit, staff saw that one family used about 75 percent of the vegetation on their land for shelter, fuel, protective fencing or other basic needs within the first week.
You can help South Sudan’s refugee families like this with your prayers and donations.
We are working to help save the land from such significant damage that it will no longer support either Ugandans or the South Sudan refugees they have so kindly welcomed.
How You Can Help
- Pray for peace
- Learn about what it’s like to be a refugee by downloading Food for the Hungry’s free ebook, More Than a Refugee
- Donate to help during the world’s worse refugee crisis on record. You can help us provide seeds, tools (like hoes), oxen and plows so South Sudan’s refugees can plant food for the future. At the same time, you can help Middle East who have made it to Lebanon.