Displaced by violence: the people of South Sudan need our help
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Presbyterian World Mission are compelled to help the more than 1.3 million displaced people who have fled a politically motivated conflict. Our goal is to provide food, emergency supplies, trauma recovery and peace building support. We are working with our Sudanese partners, but the needs are much greater than we can handle without significant gifts from supporters like you.
Presbyterian Relief and Disaster Assistance, the relief and development arm of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan, will be providing food, emergency supplies and resources for recovery for those displaced by the continuing violence. In response to the need to stop the violence and promote reconciliation RECONCILE has planned a strategic response which is integral to ending the “cycle of violence” in Jonglei State including: Trauma Healing for children and adults victimized by this reign of terror, followed by facilitation of Women’s Peace Building efforts and mobilization of South Sudanese Church Leaders for Peace.
- We are called to serve the survivors of the violence in Jonglei State through prayer, action and support. Will you stand in the GAP (Give/Act/Pray) and share your financial blessings so the healing can begin? Give to DR 000042-South Sudan
- Learn more about the situation in South Sudan through World Mission’s South Sudan website and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations’ “Swords into Plowshares” blog.
- Write to your members of Congress and the Secretary of State to advocate for peace in Jonglei State. The Office of Public Witness offers further resources.
- Join the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum to advocate for peace and justice in Sudan and South Sudan.
- Pray for healing for the people of South Sudan, that they may recover from trauma, break the cycle of violence, and promote reconciliation and peacebuilding.
- Pray that the Government of South Sudan will be able to put an end to the violence in Jonglei State, enabling survivors to return to their homes.
Current situation in South Sudan:
At least 10,000 people have been killed since fierce fighting erupted in Juba on December 15. The conflict pitted President Salva Kiir's government forces against supporters of Riek Machar, his former deputy and longtime rival. Several initiatives at establishing peace led by the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), the regional group of nations, have been unsuccessful in ending the conflict, which is being fought along mainly ethnic lines between Kiir's Dinka community and Machar's Nuer people. On May 9, a ceasefire was signed between Kiir and Machar in which they agreed to form an interim government by Aug. 10, but that that deadline was missed as peace talks in Addis Ababa stalled. The United Nations Security Council has threatened an imposition of sanctions on the warring sides, due to repeated violations of the ceasefire. There is deep concern that the country is poised to enter a man-made famine of extreme proportions if the conflict does not end. On August 24 the Washington Post reported “close to a third of South Sudan’s population faces ‘acute’ or ‘emergency’ levels of hunger and malnutrition.”