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11 Dec 2017 description

CAFOD expresses deep concern at the serious escalation in violence in South Sudan, as the conflict enters its fifth year; (15 December). People have seen their loved ones killed, their property looted and destroyed, and face dire living conditions in makeshift camps, struggling to keep themselves and their children alive, as the Country continues to unravel.

07 Jul 2017 description

9 July marks the sixth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, but the promise of the world’s youngest country is marred by hunger and conflict, as millions of people still face starvation.

After more than three years of conflict and insecurity, communities are now stretched to breaking point. The economy has collapsed, malnutrition has soared and hunger continues grip the lives of many.

24 Feb 2017 description

Church leaders from South Sudan have called on the international community to assist millions of people who are facing starvation in the country. Bishops from England and Wales have backed their call for peace and urgent action to alleviate suffering and save lives.

In a pastoral letter released by the South Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference on 23 February 2017, the Bishops said:

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.

12 Dec 2016 description

Thursday 15th December marks the third anniversary since South Sudan descended into conflict. Not only does this mean that the world’s newest nation has been at peace for less than half of its existence, the violence is getting worse. “2016 has seen an escalation in conflict, displacement and loss of lives,” said Francis Flood, country representative in South Sudan for the Catholic aid agency, CAFOD. He called on all the warring parties to bring a halt to the violence and resume negotiations.

02 Nov 2016 description

Church leaders from South Sudan are urging Pope Francis to visit their troubled country in support of their efforts to bring peace between warring factions.

06 Jul 2016 description

For Immediate Release

As South Sudan ushers in its fifth year of independence, 9th July, the world’s youngest nation is still riven by conflict, poverty and hunger.

CAFOD’s Director of Operations, Geoff O’Donoghue, has recently returned from the capital Juba, visiting CAFOD and Trocaire staff and meeting with the Catholic Archbishop of Juba, Paulino Lukudu, Geoff said:

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.

17 Jan 2016 description

CAFOD welcomes the UN High Level Panel report on the growing issue of how the international community can meet the financial costs of responding to humanitarian crises.

14 Dec 2015 description

On 15 December 2013, less than 30 months after the country won its independence, violence broke out when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy, Riek Machar, of plotting a coup. In the fighting that followed, tens of thousands of people have died and roughly a fifth of the population has been displaced, leading to warnings of severe food crisis in certain areas.

25 Aug 2015 description

As negotiations and the search for peace to end South Sudan’s civil war continues, CAFOD and Trocaire have joined Bishop Barani Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio in denouncing recent attacks and rise of insecurity in Western Equatoria state.

Following incidences of violence in three counties, Mundri, Meridi and Yambio, on 9th August 2015, thousands of people have fled from their homes in the three counties in what the Diocese of Tombura-Yambio described as the worst tragedy in the history of Western Equatoria.

08 Jul 2015 description

South Sudan marks the fourth anniversary of its independence on 9 July. While the country faced enormous development challenges after separating from Sudan, it was a time of great hope - but today the world’s newest nation is facing a humanitarian catastrophe.

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.

21 May 2015 description

CAFOD and Trocaire are gravely concerned about the attack on the town of Melut in South Sudan.
The international aid agencies have been forced to withdraw their staff and halt their life-saving humanitarian work with vulnerable communities who have been caught up in nearly two years of conflict between government and opposition forces.

Jane Andanje, Country Representative for CAFOD and Trocaire, gave the following report:

15 Dec 2014 description

One year on from the start of the conflict in South Sudan, the situation for millions of people remains bleak.

CAFOD partner Caritas Malakal reports that there has been an upsurge in violence since the end of rainy season in October. Fighting has been witnessed in Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei states, resulting in people fleeing to makeshift camps and host communities.

12 Dec 2014 description

One year on from the start of the conflict in South Sudan, the situation for millions of people remains bleak. CAFOD partner Caritas Malakal reports that there has been an upsurge in violence since the end of rainy season in October. Fighting has been witnessed in Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei states, resulting in people fleeing.

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.

08 Jul 2014 description

9 July is the third anniversary of South Sudan's independence - but the country is teetering on the brink of catastrophe as its faces its worst food crisis in 25 years, brought about by the ongoing conflict.

CAFOD’s Country Representative, Jane Andanje, said: “This is the rainy season and farmers across the country should be planting, ready to harvest in a few months time. Instead they have been forced to abandon their fields because of the fighting, and are living in squalid conditions in makeshift camps.

07 Jul 2014 description

As South Sudan marks its third anniversary of independence on 9 July, CAFOD warns that the country is teetering on the brink of catastrophe as it faces its worst food crisis in 25 years, brought about by the ongoing conflict.

CAFOD’s Country Representative, Jane Andanje, said: “This is the rainy season and farmers across the country should be planting, ready to harvest in a few months time. Instead they have been forced to abandon their fields because of the fighting, and are living in squalid conditions in makeshift camps.

12 May 2014 description

Juba, 12 May 2014 – On 20 May 2014, the international community will convene in Oslo, Norway, to discuss how to address the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. In just under five months since fighting erupted, the situation in South Sudan has deteriorated severely, causing 1.3 million people to flee from their homes, including an estimated 300,000 to neighboring countries. Over 4 million people, including over 2.5 million children, are extremely vulnerable to food insecurity, as people have been displaced from their sources of survival. This crisis is worsening on a daily basis.