South Sudan continues to suffer from recurring and deteriorating humanitarian crises. Chronic conflict and insecurity situations, drought and elevated food insecurity in the country are still massive and have greatly contributed to continued high levels of humanitarian need and protracted displacement of vulnerable people.
More than 2.29 million people have fled their homes since violence erupted in December 2013. More than 1.65 million are displaced inside South Sudan and more than 630,000 are refugees in neighboring countries.
A fragile peace agreement was signed between the warring parties in August 2015. Its implementation must be enforced and the people will require the ongoing support of our church for years and years to come to help a nation that was isolated and devastated by decades of war overcome the trauma and challenges it faces to develop the capacity and infrastructure to govern and develop in a way that best serves the people of South Sudan.
Please read the previous update to learn what PDA has been doing in South Sudan prior to the most recent fighting.
On July 7, 2016 fighting broke out between the government forces and the opposition forces where over 300 people lost their lives. Many more are injured and displaced. Without shelter, many are at a higher risk for Malaria as it is the rainy season.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is responding to the crisis in collaboration with our mission partner Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency (PRDA) and as a member of ACT Alliance. PRDA is a member of the ACT Alliance South Sudan forum. A grant of $50,000 to PRDA is being processed. This grant is expected to benefit 2,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The project will address the most immediate needs with a focus on the provision of food security, shelter, water and basic medical care, with special attention to women and children affected by the armed conflict in Juba.