CBM’s South Sudanese partner is overwhelmed by the needs in their country.
There are few safe places
Conflict consumes virtually the whole country. The capital city of Juba is very dangerous. Food warehouses have been looted. People have been forced from their homes. The countryside is also wracked by violence. Over 1.5 million people have fled to other countries. Millions more are displaced within South Sudan.
Changing climate conditions make farming difficult in the best of circumstances. Since 2013 villages have been burned. Cattle killed. Crops destroyed or looted. Farmers have abandoned their land. The inflation rate in South Sudan last year was 800%. Most people cannot afford to buy food. The specter of death hangs over the country. Tens of thousands of people have died. The numbers grow each month.
CBM Can Only Respond With Your Help
At CBM, we have a small annual fund that enables us to respond to unplanned global crises quickly and efficiently. It exists because generous donors recognize the importance of being able to help in times of emergency. Over the past three years, we have nearly depleted this fund by providing over $400,000 in relief aid to desperate and hungry people in South Sudan.
We do not want to tell our partners there that we have to stop providing assistance. People’s lives depend on it. Displaced people have set up camp on their church properties. Others come pleading for food. They cannot turn people away.
Two ways you can help:
1. Pray for peace between the government and opposition armies. There has been a promise of safe access for humanitarian workers. Pray that this will hold so that food can reach into all regions of the country. Pray also for church leaders and relief workers.
2. Make a generous financial gift to our South Sudan crisis response. We have promised to raise another $60,000 in order to continue the food relief program in South Sudan. We would like to be able to do more.