Women & Children in Emergencies

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Continuing conflict and start of rainy season put women and their children at risk of starvation

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Three years ago, the world witnessed the birth of a new nation, as the people of South Sudan united in eager, hopeful anticipation. People sang independence songs, and a huge clock in the centre of Juba, the capital, counted down the days. Today, the picture is quite different. The head of our South Sudan office describes a nightmarish, “soul-destroying” situation: never in her 20-year career has she had to sit by and watch people near starvation – with not enough funding to do anything about it.

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OSLO, Norway  – As the world’s donors and governments gather in Olso, Norway tomorrow to discuss how best to respond to the conflict and looming food crisis in South Sudan, CARE International warns of a wave of sexual violence that is worsening as the emergency in the country deepens.

CARE helped Somali children write letters to Syrian children

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The undersigned non-governmental organisations (NGOs) express deep concern at the serious escalation in violence in South Sudan, which has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of civilians and is exacerbating an already profound humanitarian crisis.

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PAGAK, South Sudan – Nyakoang Rieka set out from her village in the afternoon. Pregnant and with her elderly  mother and three small children in tow, she walked several  miles through the hot, dry South Sudanese countryside to get to the food distribution at the Pagak Way Station, a group of canvas warehouses and austere concrete block buildings set up to distribute aid. Upon arrival, Ms. Rieka promptly gave birth to her fourth child. Within hours she was on her way back home with 2 week’s rations of sorghum, split peas and cooking oil and vaccinations for herself and the children.

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It has been two years since Heba fled to Cairo. Since then life has been hard on her.

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