In June of 2011, South Sudan declared independence, an act that was predicted to relieve the tension of long-lasting border disputes. However, hundreds of thousands of Sudanese have been fleeing the violence that erupted between the government and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-North) in the Blue Nile region and South Kordofan States. This violence is indiscriminate and has taken the lives of many innocent people, while the remaining Sudanese population has been forced to flee as refugees.
Over a quarter of a million people were reported to have been affected by this conflict in December 2011 and the condition has only escalated. Current reports are predicting a quarter of a million people facing famine by next month. Ramiro Silva from the World Food Program reported that over 7,000 people have fled to South Sudan just this past week. Currently, over 80,000 people that have fled to South Sudan have received aid. Last week, the United Nations Refugee Agency announced that $145 million is still needed to assist Sudanese refugees. This money will support an estimated 200,000 Sudanese people who are seeking refuge in Ethiopia and South Sudan. Everybody in the Kordofan states, Blue Nile region, and even refugee camps face physical danger and need shelter and resources immediately.
RIJ is currently funding a project called, “Livelihoods and Micro-Enterprise in Southern Sudan“, which will allow 56 Southern Sudanese to create businesses. These businesses will not only assist the entrepreneur’s family directly, but lead to economic and social development and stability for the surrounding families and communities. Refugees International Japan grants give aid and support to refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) all around the world. To support South Sudanese refugees, please donate to RIJ or become a member to spread awareness of global refugee issues.
Article by Alisha
Edited by Kanako