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Millions in Danger of Famine in South Sudan

  • Amanda Casanova
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2014 May 21
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Aid agencies are asking for prayer as the South Sudan faces a famine that could be worse than the one that hit the area in the 1980s.

The people of the South Sudan rely mostly on livestock and crops for food. This year, however, the war in the South Sudan has wiped out the livestock.

About one million people have fled from their homes because of the war. They have not been able to plant crops.

Total, it is estimated that about six or seven million people are at risk of famine.

“People are really losing confidence now that any agreement with these two sides can really be found,” said Kid’s Alive International Matt Parker. “While on the one hand there are negotiators who are working on a plan for a transitional government, it’s unclear even if that will be viable.

“There’s still a real fear that there will be continued violence, or renewed violence in the town (of Wau),” Parker added. “Certainly, the kids that we work with can sense that.”

Kid’s Alive International helps children in the region.

“We have a great staff that’s working alongside each child, loving them, demonstrating to them that they have a heavenly father who loves them and they can trust in him,” Parker said.

You can support the efforts of Kid’s Alive in Wau, South Sudan here.


Publication date: May 21, 2014