If you’re up to date with current affairs then you’ll know that we have a very young country in our amazing world, and that country is South Sudan. However, its children and families are in dire need of our help!
The world’s youngest country, South Sudan, turns five years old on July 9, 2016.
Though the founding of this nation was a moment of hope, that hope didn’t last long and it quickly turned to despair in 2013 when armed conflict broke out. Five year old children in South Sudan know nothing of peace. If treatment services aren’t scaled up now, 235,000 children under five will be malnourished in South Sudan and 50,000 may die. The statistics are difficult to take in, and there are REAL people behind these numbers:
- 2.3 million South Sudanese (1/5 of the country) have been forced to flee their homes since the war broke out.
- 5.1 million people, (nearly ½ of the country) are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
- 680,000 children in South Sudan are malnourished.
- Only ¼ of what is needed to help South Sudan recover has been raised through international funding.
There is a huge contrast between my children at five years old and the children of South Sudan. At five my boys were playing in the yard, running free, eating three (maybe more than three) whole and healthy meals a day, snacks, “respectapouches,” getting ready for parties and kindergarten, and most importantly, they had a safe place to lay their heads at night. These things, which we take for granted are just a hope and dream for the tiny five-year-old children of South Sudan.
She is five years old and doesn’t know what the inside of a school building looks like. She doesn’t know what real fresh water tastes like. She doesn’t know what safety feels like.
Here is more of her story:
She’s not alone, there are more children like her, more children that need our help. They all share a similar story and instead of knowing safety they know war, they know hunger, and most of all they share the responsibilities of the adults in their lives. These five-year-olds need to know that people do care about them, that their struggle is not for naught.
My children never had such worries at five years old. And I wouldn’t wish these worries on any child or family.
This is what your donation to South Sudan and its children will provide:
- $150 – Nutritional support for a malnourished child
- $84 – 3 months of emergency meals
- $41 – 2 weeks of clean water
For every cup of coffee you buy this week, save back that same amount and donate to the children of South Sudan. They need us!
*Photographs in this story–copyright CARE photographers