South Sudan Crisis Appeal
Fearing for their lives, millions of people in South Sudan desperately need emergency assistance like water, food and sanitation. We are there but need your support. Please donate to our South Sudan appeal now.Please donate
Fierce fighting in South Sudan has forced more than a million people from their homes. With 3.7 million people currently facing crisis levels of hunger and in desperate need of food, water and sanitation, we must act now and we need your help to save lives.
100% of your donation goes to our specific South Sudan response fund, providing vital and practical supports such as clean water, sanitation and food.
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Martha Nyandit and her children are just one of the ordinary families forced to flee their homes in South Sudan after coming under brutal attack from armed groups.
With bullets ringing through the night, they left with nothing; no food or clothes, and crossed the river Nile to an island where they thought they were safe, only to be confronted again by armed men who wanted them dead.
“The armed men came ashore and started shooting, so we quickly ran down into the reeds where they couldn’t see us. They didn’t know where exactly we were so they sprayed bullets into the reeds,” says Martha, whose husband was killed in the conflict earlier this year.
After spending a day hiding between the river and its bank and with nothing to eat, the family eventually made it to relative safety on the other side of the river.
But they faced terrible hunger with Martha having to beg and borrow food from neighbours to feed her children and often feeling ill and weak breast feeding her baby.
Martha and her family have now arrived at Mingkaman, one of six locations inside South Sudan where Oxfam is at work.
As the rainy season starts, Martha and her family have only a flimsy shelter which provides little protection from fierce daytime temperatures approaching 45°C. There’s just a mosquito net and one thin straw mat for them all to sleep on.
Thanks to life-saving support from Oxfam, Martha and the family are no longer hungry as they have been given a monthly ration of grains, pulses, salt and oil.
“Maybe one day people will see vulnerable people like us and decide to help more.”
What we're doing
Our dedicated team is helping people affected by the conflict by providing clean water, sanitation, food supplies and other vital supports. We have been working in the region for over 30 years and have so far reached more than 180,000 people in Juba, Bor, Malakal, Melut, Mingkaman, Waat and Lankien. We are also working with our partners in neighbouring Uganda to provide emergency support to 36,000 South Sudanese refugees.
This week, on the third anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, actress Keira Knightley has called for support for Oxfam Ireland’s appeal for South Sudan after witnessing first-hand the desperate plight of families struggling to survive.
A major humanitarian crisis is unfolding in South Sudan where more than a million people have been forced from their homes by fighting. These people need water, food and protection from the violence. This is one mother’s incredible story of survival against all the odds.