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Oxfam America’s president reflects on his visit to a country in the grip of a massive hunger crisis.
“Despite decades of war, people continue to carry with them the hope for a better future for themselves and their children.”
Acts of kindness and bravery offer hope in a country where conflict has helped to trigger a severe food crisis.
How we're responding
Violence that erupted in South Sudan in mid-December 2013 has forced at least two million people from their homes, and made it impossible for many people to work in their fields or get to their jobs. Now, with food prices rocketing, more than 2.5 million people are facing severe levels of hunger and one in three children is malnourished. Food experts predict the scale of the crisis will grow.
Oxfam has a dedicated team responding to emergencies across South Sudan, where we are now helping 480,000 people. We are working to provide people with safe water and sanitation facilities and to promote hygiene. We’re also helping to improve families’ access to food and income as well as supplying vouchers for charcoal so people can cook. Highlights include:
- With the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure, we have repaired 24 old wells and have begun drilling new ones in Lankien, where more than 100,000 displaced people have sought shelter.
- In Bor, we have started the construction and rehabilitation of water and sanitation facilities at the Bor hospital.
- Through our water treatment sites in Minkaman, we have been providing thousands of liters of clean water a day to more than 38,000 people. We have also been distributing soap and promoting information on hygiene, reaching more than 100,000 people.
- In Minkaman, we have been working with community groups to establish vegetable gardens, which in turn are providing people with income. We have also distributed five motorized water pumps to help gardeners maintain their production.
In Uganda and Ethiopia, Oxfam has been providing clean water and sanitation facilities to refugees and promoting safe hygiene practices. In Uganda, we have distributed fuel-efficient stoves, farming tools, and vegetable seedlings, and provided short-term employment to help people restart their incomes.
But our work goes beyond providing direct aid: Oxfam has been advocating for an end to the violence and for a global surge in the aid effort to avert catastrophic levels of hunger and suffering.