CARE has been operating in Southern Sudan since 1993, initially providing humanitarian relief to internally displaced people in Western Equatoria. The signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005 allowed CARE to expand into Jonglei State and Upper Nile to target the returnees from the refugee camps. The Upper Nile is one of the areas most affected by the civil war with many displaced people and disrupted livelihoods.
CARE Joins Effort to Aid Families Affected by Conflict
CARE's CEO and President Helene Gayle recently visited South Sudan to see the growing humanitarian challenge and CARE's response. To date, CARE has reached over 120,000 people in South Sudan, ensuring access to health and nutrition services, water and sanitation, and working to prevent incidences of sexual and gender-based violence. In addition, CARE is providing sexual and reproductive health services to women and girls.
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- The conflict that began in December 2013 has disrupted every layer of life
JUBA, South Sudan- (October 16, 2014)- This year’s World Food Day celebrates family farming but aid organization CARE says there’s little to celebrate in South Sudan where many of the country’s farmers have been displaced in the fighting that erupted in December 2013.
Today’s news cycle is dominated by three international crises: the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the ongoing conflict in Gaza and the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Yet there is one international crisis that seems to have gone missing from the headlines. In the world’s youngest country of South Sudan, tens of thousands people have been killed by war, hunger and disease, and more than 1.8 million have fled their homes and villages in what the United Nations has called ‘the world’s worst food crisis’.
Agencies fear that efforts to prevent the crisis from deteriorating will falter as rival sides regroup to resume violence once the rainy season ends this month
Juba, SOUTH SUDAN – (October 6, 2014)--CARE has joined other leading aid agencies in warning that parts of South Sudan – already the world’s worst food crisis – could fall into famine early next year if the nine-month long conflict escalates as expected.
“We stay in our tent every night because bad things happen at night here. It’s not safe,” says Josephine, who sits with her four children in a tent the size of a small closet.
Unable to leave their tents after the sun goes down even to use the bathroom for fear of being attacked or sexually assaulted, women and girls in South Sudan tell me they sometimes feel like prisoners.
“When will the world help us live in peace again?” That’s the burning question that Nyagadh has as she tries to resume some kind of life in an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp, but living in fear of fighting and wondering how she will feed her family is not the life she thought she would have to face again.
Imagine travelling for six years across three countries to get away from your war torn homeland. What would make you want to go back? That’s a question Tom Perry put to South Sudanese Australian Joseph Lukudu, who now works for international aid organization CARE.
“I made a long journey. It was a journey of endless eternity. Because I wasn’t sure I was going to be alive.” - Joseph Lukudu
- With harvesting season approaching, CARE has called for urgent action to reduce needless deaths from hunger and malnutrition.
JUBA, South Sudan—(September 24, 2014)-- With the beginning of South Sudan’s harvesting season just weeks away, aid organization CARE says time is now critical for the global community to help prevent thousands of needless deaths due to hunger and malnutrition in the world’s youngest nation.