Immediate Relief is Essential for South Sudan

Responding to the worst famine in Africa in over 5 years, join the Pontifical Mission Societies in gathering emergency support for the people in South Sudan.  With a large majority of the country’s population in need of immediate assistance, your help will put resources in the hands of Catholic priests, Religious Brothers & Sisters who are reaching out to bring food, care and supplies to families seeking shelter, food and care in Catholic hospitals and health centers, among other places.

The Pontifical Mission Societies will send 100% of what is offered to South Sudan, through the Apostolic Nuncio.

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Across the entire country, the number of people that are severely food insecure is expected to rise to 5.5 million [47% of the population] by July – an unprecedented level marking a major public health emergency, the IPC* said.

In South Sudan, three years of conflict have forced many from their homes and decimated crops and rural livelihoods. Meanwhile, soaring inflation [up to 800% year-on-year] and market failure have left both urban and rural populations unable to afford the massive price increases on basic food stuffs.

It said there is a narrow window of opportunity to deliver and organize assistance before what is known as the lean season – when factors such as lack of rain or cold weather, mean families have to turn to food aid to survive – peaks in July. S, said aid agencies’ “worst fears” had been realised.

“Famine has become a tragic reality in South Sudan… Many families have exhausted every means they have to survive,” Serge Tissot, the representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization in South Sudan said. “The people are predominantly farmers and war has disrupted agriculture. They’ve lost their livestock, even their farming tools. For months there has been a total reliance on whatever plants they can find and fish they can catch.”

“The tragedy of famine has been hitting South Sudan for over a month, where there are about 100 thousand people.” This is what don Dante Carraro, Director of Doctors with Africa told Fides, the Vatican’s daily newsletter on March 23, 2017.

“The consequences of drought and famine, which since last year have been hitting these areas, have worsened because of the increased and widespread insecurity that pervades the Country and undermines work, activities and trust of families and local communities. When poverty does not allow you to feed your children people use weapons and also do what they would not do in a normal situation.

Communication is blocked, transport is impossible, there are no seeds and food. And now people are beginning to starve. First goats and cows, followed by children and mothers, then the elderly and finally young people and adults. People who do not die, escape.

“From this, they flee to inland areas of the Country, further south, in the State of the Lakes or outside the Country, to the east, Ethiopia. The social and political situation is fragile. But the situation of the population, especially mothers and children, is dramatic”, continues don Dante.

“The Doctors with Africa welcome and take charge of those who manage to escape and reach further south, to the State of the Lakes: mothers, children and families seeking shelter, food and care in hospitals of Cuibet, Rumbek, Yirol and various health centers scattered on territory, where thousands of people are starving. We need food assistance and health care, medicines, equipment and prayer.” concluded don Dante.

*According to the latest classification by the world’s tool for analyzing food security, the Integrated Food security Phase Classification [IPC]
Excerpts from Global Public, Emma Rumney & Agenzia Fides 3/23/2017

 

Let us pray the World Mission Rosary for Africa   

Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen developed the World Mission Rosary when he served as the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies.  Each decade, represented by a different color, reminds us to pray for that particular area.  During this time, Archbishop Sheen would certainly ask for fervent prayer & sacrifice.  He would pray for the Africa he hued in a lush green, for its rich, fertile and abundant grasslands, which is now, in dire need because of famine. 

World Mission Rosary Intentions for Africa Here

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