Until December 2013, South Sudan was on a gradual path to recovery after 25 years of civil war, mass displacement of communities, frequent famines, and other disasters. That path took a sharp turn throughout 2014 and 2015, however, when the country was plunged back into a civil war, with widespread conflict and insecurity. In July 2016, conflict again broke out and thousands of South Sudanese people were displaced.
Renewed fighting has caused mass trauma and rekindled much of the fear and resentment that fueled inter-communal violence for so many years. It also increased the already vast scale of poverty in this new country.
World Renew is responding to this crisis in South Sudan and Uganda.
Over 25,000 people do not have access to latrines in the Bidibidi refugee camp and are at risk of preventable diseases such as cholera, typhoid and hepatitis.
World Renew, with generous funding from the Integral partner TEAR Australia, is responding in the Bidibidi refugee camp.
For the thousands of South Sudanese that have fled their country and taken refuge in Bidibidi, the most immediate need is latrines. As of November 21, Bidibidi had more than 220,000 refugees, but this number is projected to reach 300,000 by the end of 2016. 3,200 latrines are needed. As the scale of need continues to increase, more and more South Sudanese refugees are faced with substantial health risks.
World Renew and local partner Here is Life have built 532 latrines so far. A donation of $250 covers the cost of one latrine unit which serves 50 people.
For the first time since 2011, famine has been declared.
Since it was created, conflict has torn apart South Sudan, killing thousands, and displacing millions. In recent months, insecurity throughout the country has meant that day-to-day activities, like farming, are nearly impossible. Without income from agricultural activities, many families cannot afford to purchase enough food. In the Unity State of South Sudan, these issues have caused rapid deterioration of food security and famine has been declared. Hundreds of thousands are at risk of starvation. With no end to the conflict in sight, this crisis will only grow. Experts are comparing this to the Ethiopian famine in the 1980s that left 1 million dead.
World Renew is responding through its partner, World Relief, by providing nutrition services to those on the brink of starvation, and treating thousands of young children suffering from acute malnutrition. The needs are enormous and generous support is greatly needed to help increase the scale of this response. Please donate today.