South Sudan Emergency Appeal

Baby Akou Marial, 3 weeks, was born under a tree in the forests of Yolakot, South Sudan in Lake State where her family has sought temporary refuge.

Baby Akou Marial was born under a tree in Lakes State, South Sudan where her family has sought temporary refuge. [Sara Fajardo/CRS]

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What's happened?

The violence that erupted in December 2013 between South Sudan government and opposition forces has forced more than 3.4 million people to flee their homes. Nearly 1.9 million people are looking for safety within South Sudan and about 1.5 million have fled as refugees to neighbouring countries. Humanitarian organisations estimate that some 7.5 million people across South Sudan now need humanitarian assistance and protection – and 5.8 million people face severe food shortages.

What are CAFOD partners are doing?

Our local Church partners are providing food, shelter, healthcare, clean water, sanitation and emergency supplies to thousands of people who have been forced from their homes. As fighting continues, there are major challenges in delivering aid, but we are doing all that we can to reach people in need.

Give now and help get aid to those who need it most

Fergus Conmee, CAFOD’s Head of Africa region, said: “South Sudan is the world’s newest nation, but also one of the poorest. Our Church partners are doing everything they can to support those who have been caught up in the fighting. But this is a crisis on a massive scale. We must act urgently to reach people in the worst affected areas.”

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