Caritas International 5 million people are in need of help, 275,000 children are malnourished.

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5 million people are in need of help, 275,000 children are malnourished.

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    Caritas International5 million people are in need of help, 275,000 children are malnourished.
    Caritas International5 million people are in need of help, 275,000 children are malnourished.

    Africa :

    5 million people are in need of help, 275,000 children are malnourished.

    April 2017

    The 12-12 consortium is launching a national campaign to help the victims of the famine in southern Sudan as well as in Uganda, Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Chad, and Niger.

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    Emergency food aid

    The United Nations and the government of South Sudan has declared famine as in the country 250,000 children are severely malnourished and more than five million people need urgent food aid.

     

    The conflict and the drought

    Since 2013, regular clashes between the government of President Kiir and the opposition, as well as between various fragmented opposition groups, has consumed the country.

    The combination of a civil war, an economy in recession, and the constant drought has brought the population to its knees. Many families were unable to harvest any crops in August or even September. The upcoming harvest – usually taking place in June – will again be compromised if the rain does not come and without food aid farmers are too weak to work their land.

    "In Gimono, all of the houses were burned down by soldiers of the government army. Even the food was burnt in the houses. They came in and started shooting. I was so scared." Justin Malis and little Flora fled from southern Sudan to the refugee camp Bidi Bidi in Uganda.

    IDPs and refugees

    As a result of the violence and desperate shortage of food, there are around 1.9 million people displaced within their own country. The people of Yei for example, are regularly victims of violence and human rights abuses. Between August and December of 2016 500,000 residents of the Yei region fled to Uganda where 300,000 of them found refuge in the refugee camp Bidi Bidi.

     

    Caritas' response

    22,000 vulnerable people, including many children, have already found a roof and protection in the dioceses of Yei, Torit, Wau and Juba. Local volunteers are mobilizing to offer them food and water. In addition to improving living conditions, Caritas aspires to establish peace and reconciliation through its work. Caritas – also present in Bidi Bidi – would like to do more, but lack the resources …

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    A coordinated response

    In order to respond to this complex crisis, members of the 12-12 Consortium join forces and lead a joint campaign. Such a campaign, we hope, will give us more resources to intervene with those who need it most.
    However, emergency operations have never been silent, and more than ever there is a need for diplomatic and political initiatives, as well as for structural assistance to these countries.

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