Stories from South Sudan
Monday 20 February 2017 marked the declaration of famine in South Sudan, the first country to declare famine in over six years. At this time the number of people who were already food insecure were estimated to be some 4.9 million (42% of the population), out of which 100,000 were facing famine conditions.
All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain met quickly and decided to launch an appeal to respond as soon as possible in South Sudan but also to help avert famine in other countries on the verge of disaster.
Here are some stories from All We Can’s partners in South Sudan that highlight the desperate situation, but also the impact donations made to the East Africa Famine Appeal are having.
April 2017 update
Edith Ayok cooks beans that she received from All We Can’s partner in April in Rumading, a village in South Sudan’s Lol State where more than 5,000 people, displaced from their homes by drought and conflict, remain in limbo.
In early 2017, they set out walking for Sudan, seeking better conditions, but were stopped from crossing the border. They remained camped out under the trees at Rumading, eating wild leaves as the rainy season approached.
After working together in a community garden, women sing and dance as they walk home atop a dyke they built to control flooding around Dong Boma, a Dinka village in South Sudan’s Jonglei State. Most of the women’s families recently returned home after being displaced by rebel soldiers in 2013 and they face serious challenges in rebuilding their village while coping with a drought which has devastated their cattle herds.
One of All We Can’s humanitarian aid partners with the ACT Alliance, is helping villagers restart their lives with support for food security.
Akuch Kon, has been forced to eat bitter wild leaves in order to survive. She, like thousands of others, left her home, fleeing hunger, in the hope of refuge in Sudan. The barely edible wild foods that families like Kon’s have been forced to eat have limited nutritional value and people are literally starving to death as they try and find food to eat.
Families including Kon’s were given life-saving provisions of sorghum, beans and cooking oil by one of All We Can’s humanitarian aid partners. These supplies of food are essential in staving off the threat of acute malnutrition.
Images: © Paul Jeffrey