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06 Nov 2017 description
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This Christmas, for every pound the public give to the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal to support people living in poverty, the UK Government will also give a pound. That’s double the support for families struggling to feed themselves in South Sudan, meaning even more mothers and infants under-five in South Sudan will be saved from the life-threatening effects of malnutrition.

11 Aug 2017 description
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Christian Aid’s emergency fundraising drive for East Africa’s hunger crisis has raised more than £2.1m in six months says the charity, as it urges the global community to do more to stop the scandal of mass starvation.

To date, Christian Aid and its local partners have helped nearly 75,000 people across Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan, since launching an emergency appeal in February.

23 Feb 2017 description

27 humanitarian agencies working in South Sudan have warned that unless substantial funds are immediately provided to those working on the ground, organisations will struggle to stop famine spreading across the country in the next few months. The statement follows Monday’s declaration of famine in parts of the country.

21 Feb 2017 description
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· Humanitarian catastrophe escalating as world watches

· Resilient South Sudanese have ‘exhausted their coping mechanisms’

The international community must do more to resolve the crisis in South Sudan, Christian Aid has warned following the declaration of famine in parts of the country.

The famine – the world’s first since 2011 – was formally announced on Monday in parts of Unity State, where some 100,000 people are facing starvation. A further 1 million are classified as being on the brink of famine.

06 Feb 2017 description
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The UK’s £1.3bn fund for promoting economic reform overseas is ‘poorly-managed and ‘not fit for purpose’, says Christian Aid, following the findings of an independent review published today (Tuesday 7 February).

This comes after the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) released a rapid review of the UK’s Prosperity Fund, concluding that it needs to improve its systems and processes.

18 Aug 2016 description
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On World Humanitarian Day, Friday August 19, Christian Aid is paying tribute to aid workers who face significant dangers and difficulties as they provide relief to people caught up in crisis zones.

An annual initiative of the United Nations, World Humanitarian Day aims to recognise the women and men risking their lives on a daily basis to deliver aid during conflict, emergencies and disasters.

28 Jul 2016 description

Warring parties, international community and UN peacekeeping force must do more to protect civilians and aid agencies

Juba, 28 July, 2016 – South Sudan faces a spiralling humanitarian crisis as the recent surge in fighting prevents aid agencies from providing urgent help to millions of people in need. Violence and insecurity continue in Juba and are spreading to other states despite a fragile ceasefire in a country where half the population relies on humanitarian aid, ten aid agencies warned today.

18 Jul 2016 description
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The Chair of Christian Aid, the Rt Rev Dr Rowan Williams, has spoken out against the recent fighting in South Sudan, where armed clashes in the capital, Juba, claimed nearly 300 lives and forced thousands of people to abandon their homes.

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, who visited South Sudan with Christian Aid in 2014, has highlighted the devastating cost of conflict in the country. He has also echoed a call for peace made by fellow senior Christian leaders at the South Sudan Council of Churches, a Christian Aid partner, in response to the Juba clashes.

08 Jul 2016 description
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8 July 2016 - South Sudan’s church leaders have appealed for an end to violence in the country, as it prepares to mark five years of independence on July 9 amid a backdrop of economic crisis, severe food shortages and continued fighting.

This cry for peace has come from the South Sudan Council of Churches, a Christian Aid partner. It was issued in response to deadly attacks on civilians in the town of Wau, a fortnight ago, when dozens were killed and tens of thousands displaced.

28 Apr 2016 description

Since the latest conflict erupted in South Sudan in December 2013, more than 2.3 million people have been forced to flee their homes and 3.9 million (approximately one third of the population) do not have enough to eat. All humanitarian actors struggle to respond to these acute needs against a context of chronic poverty, ongoing conflict and insecurity, limited infrastructure and a significant funding shortfall.

01 Dec 2015 description
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Christian Aid is deeply concerned at the deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in Western Equatoria, South Sudan, in which one of its long-term partners, Mundri Relief & Development Association (MRDA) has been attacked.

The agency’s training centre and guesthouse in Mundri County were looted last week with virtually everything removed, including beds, solar panels and records.

Staff members fled into hiding in the bush and although all have now been accounted for, it’s not known when it will be safe enough to reopen the centre.

28 Aug 2015 description
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27 August 2015 - Christian Aid welcomes the signing of the South Sudan Compromise Peace Agreement, and calls on all parties involved to observe the Cessation of Hostilities, which is to be implemented within 72 hours of the signing, starting from Saturday this week.

Millions of civilians have been affected by the 20 months of violence in the world’s newest country, with many now needing access to food, shelter and clean water.

25 Jul 2015 description
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More than half of South Sudan, some 6.5 million people, needs humanitarian assistance, the UN estimates.

The country is now entering the season when food is scarce, and approximately 4.6 million people will face severe shortages.

As well as this, the economy is in rapid decline and inflation is causing food prices to soar. With the cost of living dramatically rising, the outlook for the next few months is extremely concerning.

Serious, wide-ranging issues

15 Jun 2015 description

International agencies issue grave warning ahead of crucial donor conference for South Sudan, stating millions of people risk plunging deeper into crisis if urgent funding is not delivered.

Donors attending Tuesday’s Geneva pledging conference for South Sudan should address a massive funding shortfall– more than $1.1 billion of the humanitarian response- in order to avert immense suffering for millions of people, humanitarian agencies said today.

04 Jun 2015 description
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4 June 2015 - Increased fighting in South Sudan’s Unity State has forced a Christian Aid partner in the area to stop temporarily giving aid to those in desperate need. There are reports of targeted attacks on civilians, rapes and child abduction as the conflict heats up once more.

People are fleeing their homes again and moving into swampland to escape the violence. They are compelled to eat wild food and drink dirty swamp water. The risk of disease, malaria and malnutrition is high.

14 May 2015 description
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12 May 2015 - Fierce outbreaks of fighting in South Sudan’s Unity State have left 300,000 people in need of urgent assistance and forced up to 100,000 people from their homes in the last ten days. This latest surge will add to the two million people in the country already displaced by the civil war since December 2013.

05 Oct 2014 description
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From Crisis to Catastrophe - Summary

Aid agencies warn of famine next year as upsurge in fighting imminent

Agencies fear recent improvements will be wiped out as the number of severely hungry people will rise by 1 million in first three months of 2015

A group of leading aid agencies warned today that parts of South Sudan – already the world’s worse food crisis – could fall into famine early next year if the nine-month long conflict escalates as expected.

09 Jul 2014 description

A group of seven major international aid agencies said they face a shortfall of $89m/£52m just when the South Sudan humanitarian crisis edges closer to the risk of famine. Speaking out on the 3rd anniversary of the country’s independence they warned their aid efforts to help hundreds of thousands of people caught up in the conflict was under threat due to a lack of funds.

02 Jul 2014 description
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23 June 2014 - Our Emergency Programme Officer Rosie Crowther has just returned from South Sudan, where she has been working with one of our partners in Upper Nile, one of the three states, along with Jonglei and Unity, worst affected by the recent conflict.

Despite the Cessation of Hostilities, signed by the government and opposition in January, and committed to again in May, sporadic fighting continues.

Listen to Rosie as she describes the situation in South Sudan and the vulnerable displaced people she met, largely women and children:

12 Jun 2014 description
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12 June 2014 - More than 350,000 refugees from the fighting in South Sudan are expected to flee across the border into Ethiopia in coming months, warns Christian Aid.

Six camps in Gambella region, the main Ethiopian entry point, are already severely over stretched with nearly 140,000 refugees registered, and more than 1,000 new arrivals a day.