News from the Field

Our Work in South Sudan

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Over 30 years, we have sought to move from being a disaster relief organisation to one   which believes in creating long term sustainable futures for children and families. We do   this through offering support of mind, body and spirit.

One of the key areas in which Feed the Hungry has been involved in for many years is South Sudan where we supporting 2 orphanages in Juba and Yei. Since 2005 we have provided support to the villages and nearly 2 years ago the children and staff had to flee from Yei Orphanage, through the jungle to Uganda in dumper trucks.

On the 25 May 2017 talks in Ethiopia to revive South Sudan’s failed 2015 peace pact and end the country’s civil war broke up without a deal. Mediators said this is potentially prolonging a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.

However, on the 12th September 2018 South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir signed a peace deal with main rebel leader Riek Machar, formally ending a five-year war that has killed tens of thousands.

The deal, mediated by Sudan and signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, reinstated Machar in his former role as vice president and comes two weeks after a peace deal was officially agreed upon between the government and rebel groups.

“The eyes of the world are upon us as the South Sudan leaders commit today to press for reconciliation and lasting peace in their country” Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said ahead of the signing.

About four million South Sudanese were displaced in the half a decade of fighting. Uganda hosts more than 1 million refugees from South Sudan. Lack of funds led the World Food Program to cut food rations last year. Refugees arriving in Uganda were originally allocated about half an acre of land to grow crops and supplement the food aid they receive. They were also given materials to build a basic home. However, because of the huge numbers of people who have crossed the border, only around half now have access to arable land.

Whilst on a trip to Kenya with Feed the Hungry in 2017 one of our volunteers, Karen Way, coined this phrase: “Hope found in messy places” which is so descriptive of Feed the Hungry’s outlook in this current situation.

Amongst this devastation Feed the Hungry partners with the Uganda Prime Minister’s office in providing school meals for 12 schools in the Kyriandongo refugee settlement. This ensures that whilst these children have lost everything to the fighting in South Sudan, including parents and siblings, they are encouraged into both primary and secondary education at the settlement through the provision of a daily high nutrition meal.

These children are the hope of tomorrow in building a nation, they not only need to survive but to excel despite everything.

Feed the Hungry have made a commitment to continue assisting in protecting their future, despite the pressure of going from feeding 3,000 children in 2013 to over 53,000 children in Kyriandongo and Rwanmwanja Refugee Settlements currently.

We love supporting as many children as possible not just to get a nutritious meal but to receive a good education. It is because of support from people like you that we are able to do this. Thank you again!

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