It wasn’t supposed to be like this.
There was much hope when South Sudan became the world’s newest country in July 2011. Over 1.5 million people had lost their lives during decades of conflict with the north of Sudan. It was hoped, by breaking away, such hardship would come to an end.
But barely two years later a dispute between the President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Vice-President Riek Machar led to civil war which has exploited tribal divisions. Over 300,000 people have been killed and more than 3.5 million have been displaced, many of whom are living in extreme poverty.
BMS has already been responding to the desperate situation in South Sudan, alongside Christian partners around the world. In 2015, we helped 2,000 displaced families in Narus, providing them a kit containing blankets, plastic sheets, cooking utensils, mosquito nets, fishing nets, hooks and jerry cans.
In autumn 2016, we helped provide food packages (maize flour, rice and beans) and emergency relief kits (blankets, mosquito nets and cooking utensils) for around 500 needy families living close to Juba. One woman who received the relief, spoke for many families when she said how thankful they were for our support. “When we arrived here after fleeing from our homes we came with nothing,” she said. “The blankets, mosquito nets and the food we received will make our stay here more bearable.”
Steve says that BMS is looking into other ways to support South Sudan and has something to say to all UK Christians.
“The insecurity in South Sudan has led to death, displacement and now famine. I urge all BMS supporters to pray for the country and its desperate people,” he says.
for South Sudan in your church services, home groups and quiet times. Pray for:
• all those displaced in South Sudan who are struggling to survive
• healing for survivors of GBV during the conflict
• international efforts to bring an end to the fighting
• guidance as BMS explores ways we can best help the people of South Sudan further through the local church