South Sudan Crisis Appeal
The situation is the worst we’ve seen in 30 years. People desperately need emergency assistance like water, food and sanitation. Some parts of the country are in famine. We are there but need your support. Please donate to our South Sudan appeal now.Please donate
Vulnerable people, out of reach of life-saving assistance due to the conflict, are paying the ultimate price. They can’t plant crops and communities are sharing what little they have, leaving one in three people severely food insecure. People have been pushed to the brink of surviving on what they can find to eat in swamps. We are running out of time and 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 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
Oxfam has been working in South Sudan for over 30 years and we are currently distributing emergency food supplies, delivering clean water to prevent the spread of disease and providing livelihoods support. In the past year alone, we have helped over 600,000 people across the country with food and water distributions and longer-term aid, and assisted almost 40,000 of the most vulnerable in Panyijar county, Unity State. We also working in neighbouring Uganda and Ethiopia to provide emergency support for South Sudanese refugees.
World Press Photo award-winner Kieran Doherty, whose family is originally from Belfast, travelled last year with Oxfam to South Sudan. Kieran’s striking photos from the trip now form a new exhibition in Belfast’s Linen Hall Library, where Kieran will also deliver an illustrated lunchtime talk, to share his impressions of South Sudan and the human stories behind his images.
There are now more than 51 million refugees and people displaced by conflict and violence across the world. This is a record-breaking figure, which surpasses even that of the Second World War.