Tuesday letters: South Sudan facing extreme crisis

08/05/2014 12:00 AM

08/04/2014 5:55 PM

The greatest humanitarian crisis in the past 50 years is unfolding in South Sudan. Four million people are experiencing food insecurity, and famine is inevitable. Because of civil war, few crops could be planted. Children are dying at appalling rates.

South Sudan became the world’s newest nation in 2011, when it finally achieved independence from North Sudan. The country has devolved into civil war, resulting in destruction and chaos. While the power struggle between rival leaders goes on, millions of people suffer from lack of food, clean water and the most basic necessities.

Neither the U.N. agencies nor international government relief organizations have the funding to deal with this crisis. How are we to respond? First, we can pray that God’s hand will move in to bring about a just peace in South Sudan and that the widespread suffering will be alleviated. Also, many organizations such as the Red Cross are doing critical work in South Sudan despite the risks. Even small donations made by many people can make a big difference.

Nancy C. Wilson

Ninety Six

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