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Conflict in South Sudan

As violence continues to escalate following rows between Sudan and South Sudan over oil and the countries’ border, the UN fears for the safety of 120,000 citizens who have registered as displaced. Christian Aid’s ACT Alliance partners, along with local organisations HARD and SUDRA, are supporting people affected.

In July 2011, South Sudan separated from Sudan to become the world’s newest state. This was the culmination of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement which ended decades of civil war.

But the months since separation have not been peaceful and more than 120,000 people have been displaced by violence.

In May 2012 Maurice Onyango and Rosie Crowther from Christian Aid’s humanitarian team visited camps in South Sudan’s Warrap and Jonglei states where thousands have arrived seeking safety.

In an audio report they talk to Communications Officer Antoinette Powell about the current situation, the urgent need for support and people’s fears for the coming months.




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Christian Aid responds

Christian Aid’s ACT Alliance partner Lutheran World Federation has been providing food and other essential items to the displaced prior to the recent outbreak of violence.

Further support is being provided through partners HARD and SUDRA who are distributing emergency kits containing essential items to people displaced from the contested region of Abyei, which is close to the border between Sudan and South Sudan, and to others who have fled conflict.

Peace needed

While our partners respond to the immediate needs of those affected by the fighting, they are also supporting work at local, national and international levels to bring much needed peace to conflicts within and between South Sudan and Sudan.

This new round of violence follows hard on the heels of two civil wars, the second of which left two million dead and four million displaced. The need to address the causes and impact of this war remains critical.

‘A sustainable peace process is critical to bringing stability to the region and paving the way for development.’ says ACT Alliance’s general secretary, John Nduna.

Podcast: Living in camps in South Sudan

Our regional emergency manager Maurice Onyango and support officer Rosie Crowther describe living conditions in South Sudan's camps.

Further links

Sudan's referendum

Christian Aid in South Sudan

 

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