Anyer from South Sudan
Anyer Bulen Dit (46) is from Bor, a small community north of the South Sudanese capital Juba. There, she used to live with her family in a humble hut. Thanks to her cows, they were able to sustain themselves. When the civil war erupted towards the end of 2013 and the battles kept coming closer, they fled from their homes, just like nearly 3.5 million other people in South Sudan. “I fled in January, when the fighting began, from Bor to Mingkaman. Because of the fights, I had to leave all our possessions, our cows, just everything behind and flee with my husband and our children. Many of our relatives stayed behind and were probably killed – we’re not exactly sure.”Read more...
How Help is Helping the People in South Sudan
The goal of “Help – Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe” is to provide long-term support to the people of South Sudan and to develop the country in a sustainable way.
- Help offers therapeutic foods against malnutrition, medication against worm infestations, as well as vitamins and trace minerals to treat children and pregnant women.
- Help builds wells, pumps and latrines, and expands hygiene courses to areas where cholera infections increasingly arise. Help provides access to clean water and works to prevent epidemic outbreaks. Help strengthens self-help structures among the affected population with seeds and plows to ensure better harvests in the future.
- Help also offers courses on improving marketing strategies.
How Welthungerhilfe is Helping the Forgotten People in South Sudan
- Emergency relief: Welthungerhilfe provides refugees in camps with emergency housing, fresh water, hygienic measures and food.
- Rural development: Along with the local population, they build dikes and plant trees to better control the annual floods and protect the harvests. Small farmers learn which farming methods improve their harvest, receive seeds and agricultural tools, as well as support in caring for and medically treating their livestock.
- Education: Alongside Alliance 2015, they build schools and centers for young children.
South Sudan: Background of the Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis
Neither before its independence from Sudan nor after has South Sudan experienced a period of peace. After the end of British colonial rule in 1956, the southern part of Sudan was systematically put at a disadvantage by the government in the north. Between 2011 and 2013, the country did experience a brief economic upswing, however, this came to an abrupt end amidst armed conflicts between the two largest ethnic groups in the country. Millions of internally displaced persons, insufficient hygiene, as well as scarce food and water are destabilizing the country and making it nearly impossible to break the cycle of violence, hunger and displacement.Read more...