South Sudan Crisis Appeal

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.

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At least 10,000 people have lost their lives as fierce fighting in South Sudan has forced more than a million people from their homes. With 4 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.

South Sudan Crisis Appeal
Martha’s story
Martha’s story

Martha Nyandit and her children are just one of the many families forced to flee their homes in South Sudan after coming under brutal attack in fighting in South Sudan.

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 seven towns in 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

4 million people people are in need of humanitarian assistance. 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 260,000 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 44,000 South Sudanese refugees and and in Ethiopia, Oxfam is helping to provide clean water to up 100,000 people.

Home

Home

An estimated 1.5 million people have been forced to flee their homes since December. Tens of thousands of these people are living in squalid camps, and almost 400,000 have escaped to neighbouring countries. We are providing essential household items such as mosquito nets, blankets, cooking stoves and charcoal for cooking.
Food

Food

More than a third of the country’s population – 4 million people – are facing crisis levels of hunger and over 200,000 children are in need of treatment for severe malnutrition. We are working with the World Food Programme to help distribute food to acutely malnourished families, along with supplying seeds and tools for people to grow their own food.
Water

Water

Through a network of taps, pipes, boreholes and water tanks, we are providing safe and clean water to 59,000 people in South Sudan. We are also treating water directly from the river Nile so it’s safe to drink. We truck water into areas where it is needed urgently.
Sanitation

Sanitation

Good personal hygiene is a high priority to combat deadly diseases such as cholera, especially in overcrowded camps where people have sought shelter. We are improving sanitation by digging latrines and carrying out vital public health promotion work, including training on safe hygiene practices such as hand-washing. We are also distributing buckets, soap and reusable sanitary pads for women.
South Sudan Crisis Appeal
Oct
23

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