South Sudan

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.”

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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.
  • Anyer Bulen Dit (46) was forced to leave her home due to the civil war in South Sudan. Thanks to Help, she now has access again to clean drinking water in the refugee camp.

    Photo: Help

  • In South Sudanese refugee camps, conditions are often catastrophic. Help is working to improve water and sanitary provision, as well as teach hygiene.

    Photo: Help

  • Elizabeth is 42 years old and has lost three sons to the civil war. “We used to be able to farm sorghum next to our house and sustain ourselves that way. Today, it’s too dangerous, so we stay in the village and depend on food aid. Not even that is safe. Sometimes, at night, the soldiers come; they rape our women and steal everything we have.”
    Photo: Welthungerhilfe

  • Harsh living conditions and the extreme climate pose great challenges to the people in South Sudan – especially in times of crisis.

    Photo: Rosenthal

  • Over five million people in South Sudan depend on humanitarian aid. The refugee camps erected in the few areas that are still safe are hardly able to take in all the people seeking help.

    Photo: Rosenthal

  • In collaboration with the German Federal Foreign Office, Help operates twelve treatment centers that offer medical care for pregnant women and malnourished children.

    Photo: Help/Simaitis

  • The risk of an epidemic rises drastically after floods. So far, Welthungerhilfe has provided 30,000 people with chlorine tablets, soap, and water canisters.

    Photo: Brockmann

  • With its well-building project, Help is making it easier to access water.

    Photo: Help

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.

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