Prayers and thoughts for South Sudan

2 Jan 2014   |   Sudan   |   Emergency Relief

As we celebrate the New Year, we remember those in troubled areas of South Sudan, where many people have been forced to flee their homes due to fighting between rival groups.

Rather than enjoying a peaceful and prosperous holiday, innocent civilians have fled their homes seeking safety and refuge from the fighting. The UN estimates that over 190,000 people have been displaced since violence began to escalate in mid-December.

The Caritas network has been responding to those affected by the conflict. Caritas South Sudan, and the most affected Dioceses of Juba and Malakal, have already reached out to affected communities in Central Equatoria and Upper Nile regions with support such as cooking supplies and blankets.

“I am very grateful that our Caritas and church networks on the ground are doing what they can to help those most in need," said Mary Wachira, Caritas Australia’s Sudan expert based in Nairobi, Kenya. "Our prayers are with the entire South Sudan community as they go through this trying time.”

Our diocesan agencies and international Caritas partners on the ground are closely monitoring the situation and are ready to scale up their responses in coordination with the humanitarian community as soon as the security situation allows. The network has emergency supplies stored within the country ready for distribution to assist with clean water supply, sanitation and hygiene, access to medical supplies and emergency healthcare services and psychosocial support.

We ask our Caritas friends and supporters to read the message of peace and reconciliation from the Church leaders of South Sudan below, and to keep our neighbours in South Sudan in their thoughts and prayers. We stand in solidarity with you.

You can help right now by donating to our Emergency Response Fund.

"As we celebrate the birth of the Christ-child, let us remember that God is with us, and pray for the strength and courage to bring peace, reconciliation and healing to our new nation." 
Statement of Church Leaders in South Sudan, Juba, 17 December 2013.

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