Nearly 2.4 million South Sudanese people have been displaced, 700,000 of whom have fled as refugees to Uganda.
Fighting has caused mass trauma and rekindled much of the fear and resentment that fueled inter-communal violence for so many years. The ongoing conflict and mass displacement has also intensified the poverty and left families without access to the necessities. Hunger is rampant and diseases are threatening families because of a lack of proper health and sanitation facilities.
World Renew is responding to this crisis in South Sudan and Uganda.
With over 800,000 South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, the needs are enormous. Many have taken residence in the world’s largest refugee camp, Bidibidi, where at least 270,000 refugees now live. In Bidibidi one of the most pressing needs is proper sanitation – without the proper infrastructure thousands are at risk of disases like cholera, typhoid and hepatitis.
Initially, World Renew, with generous funding from TEAR Australia, and in partnership with Here is Life, constructed 770 temporary communal latrines – enough for 38,500 people. It is expected that refugees will be in Bidibidi longer-term, so the focus moving forward has shifted to constructing household latrines for those with persons of special need (elderly, young children and single parent households).
Conflict has pushed many South Sudanese of families to the brink of starvation and left the most innocent of society – children – at the greatest risk. Thousands of children are malnourished and in need of urgent access to food.
Through World Relief, a partner organization in South Sudan, World Renew is helping to provide nutrient-rich food to malnourished South Sudanese children. Assistance has already reached 7,500 people, but more needs to be done. In addition to providing food World Renew, in partnership with Tearfund UK, is providing sanitation kits to 1,300 families.
World Renew is committed to continuing its response to this crisis in the coming months. The needs are enormous and generous support is greatly needed to make this possible. Please donate today.