South Sudan Hunger Crisis

1 million children are already acutely malnourished. To save the most vulnerable, we need to act now.

SITUATION REPORT

In the world’s youngest country, conflict and economic collapse have driven families from their homes and their livelihoods. Food prices are skyrocketing. Only 1 in 9 people in Sudan has access to sanitation.

In these difficult conditions, children suffer most. 3 million children are severely food insecure, more than 1 million are already acutely malnourished. Children with disabilities like cerebral palsy or blindness or hearing impairment are among the most vulnerable citizens of South Sudan.

Weakened by hunger, these children are even more likely to succumb to cholera and malaria.

A map of south Sudan

OUR RESPONSE

Our partner in the capital, Juba is asking us for help, so they can buy nutritious milk powder for the children in their care – children with cerebral palsy or visual impairments who already have the bloating tummies and reddish hair of acute malnutrition.

$50 will provide 3 months of milk powder for one child. $100 will give enough milk powder for 2 children.

Please give the gift of life to these children.

About our partner
Our partner in South Sudan is a grassroots health and rehabilitation team that reaches deep into communities – even in areas of dangerous insecurity. Our workers have the trust of leaders and families in these communities.

Our frontline workers go house to house, finding children who can’t see or walk, some children who don’t have the neck strength to hold their heads up as they sit. And yet, in this crisis, many of these children don’t have the strength to do their daily exercises. They’re too hungry. So our community working have to focus first on simple nutrition and keeping these kids alive.

$50 provides milk powder for one child for 3 months
$100 provides milk powder for 2 children for 3 months
$150 provides milk powder for 3 children for 3 months

WHAT CAUSED THE HUNGER CRISIS?

Conflict and Economic Collapse

Conflict and Economic Collapse 

Displacement and Food Insecurity

Displacement and Food Insecurity 

Hunger and Malnutrition

Hunger and Malnutrition 

Death, Disease and Life-long Disability

Death, Disease and Life-Long Disability

WHAT DOES MALNUTRITION IN CHILDREN LOOK LIKE?

  • Growth failure.
  • Irritability, sluggishness and excessive crying along with behavioural changes like anxiety, attention deficit are common in children with malnutrition.
  • The skin becomes dry and flaky and hair may turn dry, dull and straw like in appearance. In addition, there may be hair loss as well.
  • Muscle wasting and lack of strength in the muscles. Limbs may appear stick like.
  • Swelling of the abdomen and legs. The abdomen is swollen because of lack of strength of the muscles of the abdomen. This causes the contents of the abdomen to bulge out making the abdomen swollen. Legs are swollen due to edema. This is caused due to lack of vital nutrients. These two symptoms are seen in children with severe malnutrition.

Dr. Ananya Mandal, MD (www.news-medical.net/health/Symptoms-of-malnutrition.aspx)

Please prayerfully consider a gift today for the children of South Sudan.

Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble.
Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.

Isaiah 58:10 (NLT)