Refugee crisis escalates in South Sudan and Dadaab

Sudanese women carry water inside a refugee camp in the Upper Nile state of South Sudan. More than 200,000 people have fled fighting in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states in Sudan, putting enormous pressure on humanitarian organisations, including ACT Alliance members, working in the newly independent South.
Photo: ACT Alliance/LWF/Mairo Retief

Canadian Lutheran World Relief is requesting funds to help refugees from South Sudan and Somalia.

A humanitarian crisis continues in Sudan and Somalia. Thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes due to violence and food shortages and are now living in refugee camps in South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. Funds are needed to continue providing basic services, including food, water, shelter, and toilet facilities. Other assistance is needed for projects that include well drilling, education and social support for children, and livelihood training.

Sudan: At least 1,000 refugees a day have been crossing into the Upper Nile State of South Sudan this year alone to escape fighting between the Sudanese government and rebel forces in Blue Nile and South Kordofan states. Over 200,000 refugees have fled violence in Sudan in total. Hygiene-related diseases have become a serious problem in camps in the Upper Nile State, along with lack of clean water, adequate food and shelter, and health services.

More information can be found on the ACT Alliance website (CLWR’s partner):

Refugee crisis escalates in South Sudan

South Sudan Emergency Appeal

Somalia: Most of the people living in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp have fled neighbouring war-ravaged and drought-stricken Somalia. Dadaab has a population of about half a million – over five times

Children in the Ifo Extension refugee camp, Dadaab, Kenya. Photo: Barb Summers

its capacity. ACT Alliance, Lutheran World Federation, and other partner agencies of CLWR struggle to provide adequate food, shelter and other basic necessities as the refugee population bulges and resources dwindle.

More information can be found on the ACT Alliance and Lutheran World Federation websites:

Hope and despair intermingle in world’s largest refugee camp

LWF Joins Urgent Call for Support for Dadaab Refugee Camp

You can donate:

-By making a designated offering donation at any Lutheran Church congregation in Canada.

-Online at Click on Emergencies, and select “2012 Refugee Crisis.”

-By calling our toll-free number: 1.800.661.2597 or locally at 204.694.5602

-By sending a cheque made payable to CLWR, 302-393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to “2012 Refugee Crisis.”

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