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Nearly two years of war have helped to trigger widespread hunger that is now affecting a third of the population.
An end to the fighting would go a long way toward solving the challenges so many families now face in meeting their basic needs.
If we really are independent, why are children going hungry and families driven from home? And what can we do to find solutions?
How we're responding
Violence that erupted in South Sudan in mid-December 2013 has forced more than 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, nearly four million people are severely hungry—80 percent more than this time last year. The suffering will only end if the fighting stops immediately and the long process of reconciliation begins.
Oxfam has a dedicated team responding to emergencies across South Sudan, where we are now helping 690,000 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. Highlights include:
- In Lankien, we have repaired 200 wells including one which we outfitted with solar panels to increase water availability. We have also distributed hundreds of concrete caps that cover pit latrines so families can dig and safely use their own toilets.
- In Bor, we have started the construction and rehabilitation of water and sanitation facilities at the Bor hospital. We have also provided community members with fishing gear and seeds for planting to help ensure they have food and income.
- 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.