Responding to the crisis in South Sudan

Posted June 8th 2017

Photo courtesy of ADRA Canada (

Photo courtesy of ADRA Canada (

Famine, a term reserved by the United Nations for the most dire situations involving malnutrition, food shortages and death has been declared in South Sudan.

The world is facing it’s largest food crisis since the end of the Second World War, with more than 20 million people across Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and northeast Nigeria at risk of famine.

In South Sudan, 40 per cent of the population – almost five million people – are in urgent need of food and support for agriculture. That number could rise to 5.5 million people by July.

This growing humanitarian catastrophe is the result of ongoing conflict, drought and climate change in the region. Harvests have failed, water points have dried up and ongoing violence has prevented the delivery of much-needed assistance to communities.

We’re proud of MCIC Members who are doing what they can to respond to this growing crisis.

Visit the following websites to learn more about how you can help.

ADRA Canada is responding to the food crisis in South Sudan, Kenya and Somalia by providing emergency food resources to affected communities. They are also helping those who have fled South Sudan to establish themselves in refugee settlements in Uganda.

Canadian Lutheran World Relief is helping meet the basic hygiene, shelter and education needs of new arrivals within the Adjumani district of Uganda who have fled violence in South Sudan.

CARE Canada is responding to the hunger crisis in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen by providing food aid and cash vouchers to families, along with clean drinking water and seeds to replant devastated crops.

HOPE International Development Agency is providing basic food staples to South Sudanese refugees along with mosquito netting to protect families from further illness.

Mennonite Central Committee Has provided a two-month supply of food in Unity State, South Sudan. They are also providing food support to South Sudanese refugees in the Gambella region of Ethiopia, helping supplement the diet of children, pregnant women and nursing mothers.

Presbyterian World Service and Development is helping extremely malnourished children and pregnant mothers by providing specially designed high-nutrient foods.

Save the Children and UNICEF Canada are providing support to children at risk of starvation in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

World Relief Canada is distributing high-nutrition food supplements provided by the World Food Program to the most vulnerable children under the age of five in Unity State, South Sudan.

World Renew is supporting a program in Koch county of South Sudan to prevent deaths from malnutrition. Mothers who have walked for miles with their malnourished children are able to receive assistance and therapeutic feeding for their children.

World Vision Canada is responding to the crisis in Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia by providing life-saving assistance such as emergency food, health care, clean water and more.

Development and Peace is collecting funds to increase quality of life for those facing the humanitarian crisis is Africa.