Helping victims of violence in South Sudan
Your donations are providing emergency aid to survivors.
The conflict in South Sudan was recently declared a Level 3 emergency—the highest level of humanitarian crisis possible, according to the United Nations’ rating system. Samaritan’s Purse is on the ground responding to some of the more than 800,000 people displaced by the violence,
Thanks to your prayers and financial support, we are providing emergency food, water, and other aid to those who need it most. Several Samaritan’s Purse staff members who were evacuated have been able to return to the country, and are serving the suffering in several states.
In Lakes State, the focus of our response is water, sanitation, and hygiene, in addition to non-food items and nutrition. Using donations from people like you, we're providing clean water by repairing wells, building latrines, and providing health and hygiene training, soap, and jerry cans to families struggling to survive.
“Many people who fled for their lives during the height of the violence are now without access to food and water,” says Dorothy de Vuyst, Samaritan’s Purse Canada’s Regional Director for Africa. “We need to respond very quickly.”
Fighting fueled by political and ethnic tensions broke out between government and non-government forces in Juba, South Sudan's capital city, in December 2013. The violence has since spread north through Jonglei, Unity, and Upper Nile states.
It's unclear how many people have died in the fighting, although the death toll is estimated to be close to 10,000. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled to safer regions in South Sudan, as well as into the neighboring countries of Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, and Sudan.
Your financial gifts are urgently needed to help bring emergency aid and God's love to those who are suffering.
Samaritan's Purse has been working in this part of the world for more than two decades. A large portion of our work has been in the northern part of South Sudan, near Sudan's border.
Through donations from people like you, we have been providing water, food, shelter, and medical care to about 160,000 refugees who have been forced to flee their native Sudan over the last several years in order to escape military attacks from the air and ground.
We have also invested heavily in recent years in the training and reintegration of about 15 South Sudanese physicians who have been making significant contributions to strengthening the health care system in South Sudan. These men and women came to Canada more than a decade ago as refugees and through the support of Samaritan’s Purse and the University of Calgary’s medical school have returned to South Sudan.
Several of these South Sudanese-Canadian doctors live and work where the fighting broke out, but we were able to airlift many of them to safety. Several have now returned to their places of work and are helping with clean-up so that medical care can be provided once again.
Please join with us in praying for this fragile nation. And please give generously. Because of your financial gifts, we're able to reach out to women, children, and others who are suffering as a result of circumstances beyond their control.
Ways you can help
Please pray that God, who “even the wind and the sea obey,” would calm the storms in people’s hearts (Mark 4:41, ESV). Also pray for Samaritan's Purse staff as they do their utmost to reach those who are in need.
Your gift of any amount will help provide food, water, and medical care to victims suffering in South Sudan due to the current and other conflicts in the region. Donate Here