We help combat famine in South Sudan
In the last week of July, over 100 tons of food reached 20 thousand women and children in South Sudan. It was the first, out of three, aid delivery for those citizens of this ravaged by an internal conflict country who are most at risk of famine. The project is realized by Polish Medical Mission in cooperation with the Kulczyk Foundation.
The aid will altogether involve the distribution of 354 tons of food for over 47 thousand people. The food includes beans, rice, oil as well as cereal crops. It will be given to pregnant women, breast-feeding mothers, and children under the age of 5. These are the people who are most at risk of undernourishment-related diseases, and who have at the same time the smallest chances of obtaining food.
- Millions of South Sudan’s citizens are at risk of famine. Many of them, without external help, have no chances of survival. That is why I am happy that the Kulczyk Foundation could join the project of Polish Medical Mission, which helps tens of thousands of women and children in need to survive – states Dominika Kulczyk, founder and president of the Kulczyk Foundation. United in help
Polish Medical Mission realizes the project with the partnership of the KPRM Humanitarian Aid Department and Kulczyk Foundation, which provided financial support for securing both the distribution and the storehouses of food. The distribution of food for those in need is supervised by an American organization Food for the Hungry, which is the PMM’s partner in South Sudan.
It is the very first nutrition-related aid project on such a large scale financed from Polish funds. – It is very rewarding to see that combating famine unites different aid organizations and institutions in our country. I would like to express my gratitude for confidence – says Małgorzata Olasińska-Chart, the project coordinator on the Polish Medical Mission’s side. Crisis in South Sudan
South Sudan is the youngest country in the world. It gained independence in August 2011 as a result of its separating from Sudan pursuant to an agreement ending the longest civil war in Africa. As soon as two years after that, as a result of a conflict between the president and the vice-president then, an internal conflict in South Sudan began.
As a result of 5 years long military actions and severe draughts, which resulted in a substantial loss in crop, over 5 million people, which is almost half of the country’s population, suffer from severe undernourishment. In this group, over 1 million are children under the age of 5. Without humanitarian aid, they wouldn’t be able to survive summer months, waiting for this year’s crop.
The humanitarian crisis in South Sudan has increased the forced immigration of its citizens. In fear of fights and famine, over 4 million people have left their homes. Thousands of them have found shelter in Western Equatoria State, where they wait for the conflict to end. It is this region that the food distributed in cooperation with the Kulczyk Foundation will reach to.