Update – October 13, 2014
Bishop Cate has just forwarded some important information on South Sudan. Please continue to pray for the Diocese of Bor and all of South Sudan and give as you can. Thanks to your generosity, we have already been able to send nearly $50,000 to assist the Diocese of Bor but the extent of the projected famine numbers is staggering. To make an online donation or order more of the heart-shaped Sharing Love With South Sudan pins go to www.sharinglovewithsouthsudan.org
From the Bishop—
This rather full report will provide important information about the situation in South Sudan.
Please remember to include Bor (Ruben) and Brasilia (Mauricio) in the prayers of the people every Sunday. Our convention committed us to this discipline and ministry.
In addition to the agencies listed at the end of this report we also can work through Episcopal Relief and Development and AFRECS .. The need is immense! If you need more heart shaped pins let us know….
If you want to send funds it will be most efficient to send them through the diocesan office—we have a way to get them directly to Bor….
Thanks so much …..+Cate
Begin forwarded message:
Subject: Joint Release from South Sudan: Aid agencies warn of famine next year as upsurge in fighting imminent; number of hungry expected to increase by 1 million
South Sudan: Aid agencies warn of famine next year as upsurge in fighting imminent
Agencies fear recent improvements will be wiped out as the number of severely hungry people will rise by 1 million in first three months of 2015
(Oxford, UK) A group of leading aid agencies warned today that parts of South Sudan – already the world’s worse food crisis – could fall into famine early next year if the nine-month long conflict escalates as expected.
The agencies fear that efforts this year to prevent the crisis from deteriorating will falter as rival sides are regrouping ready to resume violence once the rainy seasons ends this month. The number of people facing dangerous levels of hunger is expected to increase by 1 million between January and March next year.
In a report launched today, “From Crisis to Catastrophe”, the aid agencies called for neighbouring governments and the wider international community to redouble diplomatic efforts to put real pressure on the parties to the conflict to end the fighting, including an arms embargo. They said so far the international community’s ‘softly-softly’ approach to the peace talks has failed to secure a meaningful cease-fire.
They also added that there needs to be an increase in both the quantity and quality of the aid effort.
Tariq Reibl head of Oxfam programme in South Sudan said: “If famine comes to South Sudan it will come through the barrel of a gun. This is a man-made crisis not one caused by the vagaries of the weather and though humanitarian aid is vital it cannot fix a political problem. The international community is much better at saving lives than it is at helping solve the political problems that put lives in peril. Nine months of the softly-softly approach to peace negotiations has failed. If the international community really wants to avert a famine then it has to make bold diplomatic efforts to bring both sides to end the fighting.”
The aid agencies said that a mixture of significant aid, a lull in the fighting due to the wet season and the ability of the South Sudanese to cope with hardship, has managed to stave off a famine for the moment. However they warned that now that the wet season is over, an upsurge in fighting is likely, setting back any gains made in the last few months and potentially pushing areas into famine by March 2015.
Since the current round of conflict began in South Sudan in December 2013, the country has been pushed to the brink of disaster. However the international aid effort has saved thousands of lives, much of it generously funded by the US, the UK and the EU who have given 60 per cent of the total funding. The UN Mission in South Sudan has opened its compounds to around 100,000 civilians, saving them from ethnic violence, and peace negotiations led by South Sudan’s neighbours have come close to brokering a deal.
Looking back over 2014, Aimee Ansari head of CARE in South Sudan said:
“South Sudan only just missed falling into famine this year. Partly this was due to the aid effort but much of it is due to the strength, resilience and generosity of the South Sudanese people themselves.
“But they are now at the end of their tether. You can only sell all your livestock once. Eating seeds meant for planning keeps the gnawing hunger away for the moment, but it is mortgaging the future to meet the desperate needs of the present. The people of South Sudan did what they could to survive this year – but that means they will be vulnerable next year. They need to see an end to the fighting so normal life can resume.”
Many of the 1.4 million people displaced from their homes are facing an uncertain future. The fighting has disrupted markets and pushed up food prices. Fishermen have been barred from rivers, cattle herders have had their cattle stolen, or been forced to sell them off cheaply. The expected upsurge in fighting once the rains have ended in October will tip many over the edge.
The aid agencies called for donor governments to fully support the UN’s appeals for humanitarian work in South Sudan and the refugee crisis in neighbouring countries. They also said that the quality of aid needs to be improved. It needs to be delivered where people are rather than where it is easier to reach. And it needs to build on the way people cope with the crisis and to enable them to face any future crisis better prepared.
The aid agencies also called on all the government of South Sudan, the opposition and other armed groups to immediately stop fighting and work towards a long-term, sustainable peace deal. All their forces need to stop attacks against civilians, end the use of child soldiers and allow humanitarian workers safe access to people needing their help.
Your help is needed!
The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, and its 47 churches throughout the lower two-thirds of Indiana, has been at work in Bor for years and is directly helping the gentle and joyful Bor people recover and rebuild their lives. Your tax-deductible donation will help purchase food and water, medicine, and supplies for re-building. Even your small gift can help save lives in the midst of this crisis. Donate to this fund to show your love and support for the people of Bor and South Sudan! Providing gifts to purchase food, water, medicine, and other basic human needs for the thousands impacted by a December 2013 rebel incursion in the Bor Region of South Sudan. Gifts will be administered by the Episcopal Church, Diocese of Indianapolis, and the Diocese of Bor in South Sudan. 100% of what you give will be wired directly to South Sudan. And, your gifts of any amount will save lives!
The Conflict in South Sudan
Imagine armed rebels invading your local hospital and assassinating patients right in their beds… raping and killing people in their homes and places of worship… burning dwellings after stealing anything of value. For the community of Bor in South Sudan, this nightmarish scenario recently became reality. Those who managed to survive the invasion fled by the thousands to overcrowded refugee camps or hid in the bush or on a river, creating a massive human needs crisis.
What else you can do:
- Share this information with your friends, loved ones, and colleagues.
- Post it on Facebook.
- Learn more about it through news services and the internet.
- Come back and track our progress and what we’ve been able to do with the funds we raise.
- Pray for South Sudan, for a quick, long-lasting, and peaceful resolution to this conflict, for those who have lost loved ones and homes, and for those who are giving aid to this beleaguered nation.
The Reverend Drew Klatte Memorial Fund
The Rev. Andrew Klatte, a deacon for the Diocese of Indianapolis, had a very heartfelt connection with Sudan and the Diocese of Bor. Please join us in honoring him through a memorial donation to the Sharing Love with South Sudan project.
+The Project FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Should we give through Episcopal Relief and Development or the diocese? The choice is yours. As of now, the diocese is wiring money directly to Bishop Ruben and the Diocese of Bor for the immediate emergency needs of food, water, and medicine. Episcopal Relief and Development is focusing on a wider area associated with the conflict and longer-term rebuilding efforts.
How long will pins be available? The pin promotion will continue at least until Diocesan Convention.
How can we request more heart pins? Contact .
What is the best way to give? Our giving site is www.sharinglovewithsouthsudan.org You can donate here via PayPal. PayPal allows you to link with multiple credit or debit card accounts. You can also mail a check to
Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis
1100 42nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Mark your contribution for Sharing Love With South Sudan. If you are designating this as part of the Memorial Fund for the Rev. Drew Klatte, please mark that on the check as well.
Is there anything we can do right now in addition to giving money? Yes—pray for the people of Bor, the repose of the souls of the dead, and the strength of those who are being present to the survivors.