South Sudan is again in crisis following heavy fighting in the capital Juba.
Over the past few days, battles between the army and opposition forces plunged the country into renewed conflict. It’s just days after the world’s newest country marked its fifth year of independence.
Reports suggest that over two hundred people have been killed in the violence since Friday. The UN are estimating that 35 to 38 thousand people people have fled to church compounds and UN sites seeking protection from the conflict as well as from looting of the armed forces.
Nearly half of the population are already facing extreme hunger. If the unrest escalates, their situation will only get worse.
Figures from the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) say that up to 4.8 million people in South Sudan will face severe food shortages over the coming months and the risk of extreme hunger continues to threaten parts of the country.
Nearly half of the population are already facing extreme hunger.
It’s the highest level of hunger since the conflict in South Sudan began two and a half years ago.
Tearfund has worked in South Sudan since the 1970s, in particular focusing on nutrition, food security and water and sanitation in conflict-affected communities. Currently our project work remains unhindered and we continue to serve communities in need outside of Juba.
Oenone Chadburn, Tearfund’s Head of Humanitarian Support, says: ‘We want peace and the immediate end to fighting to allow free movement of people and goods. Without this access, the work in outlying areas will gradually cease.’
Please pray for:
- Those facing severe hunger and displacement.
- That the tentative ceasefire now in place will restore a lasting calm to Juba.
- For churches in South Sudan who’ve become a focal point in communities seeking refuge to be able to respond to the immediate humanitarian needs
- That our work with those in need would not be hindered by the renewed violence.