5th February 2019
Food is scarce during South Sudan’s dry season when the land turns brown, dusty and desolate. Residents and thousands of refugees become more vulnerable to starvation and sickness.
“Dry season proves to be difficult in South Sudan,” said Collins Enabu, Samaritan’s Purse Deputy Country Director of Programs. “When people are unable to plant and harvest crops, we see more people hungry and more children suffering from malnutrition.”
Samaritan’s Purse oversees monthly food distributions for refugees and local communities in partnership with the World Food Programme. More than 400,000 people throughout the country receive basic food items including sorghum, cooking oil, peas and salt. These rations can feed a refugee family for up to one month.
In Ruweng State in northern South Sudan, Samaritan’s Purse has long-served the refugee community—now totaling over 166,000—from Nuba Mountains. In Ajuong Thok refugee camp alone we distribute food monthly to more than 37,000 refugees.
“The refugees who live in Ajuong Thok have faced so much devastation and hardships from years of war in Nuba,” Collins said. “We are grateful for God’s provision to be there to help ease their burdens and make sure they have food to eat.”
Samaritan’s Purse operates projects from five primary field bases in South Sudan. In addition to food security and livelihoods projects our teams also focus on water and sanitation, healthcare, nutrition and continuing partnerships with local churches.
Please pray for the people of South Sudan and for our teams serving in Jesus’ Name.