South Sudan is the most fragile state in the world. Armed conflict has been ongoing since 2013, despite the signing of a peace agreement in September 2018.
More than four million South Sudanese people have been forced from their homes and have fled for their lives; either to other parts of the country or across the border.
Uganda has an open border policy for refugees, and on average 650 people cross the border from South Sudan every day. Uganda now hosts more than one million refugees, 61% are children. They have travelled long distances, many without their parents or families. The things they’ve seen and experienced are hard to imagine and even harder to forget.
Peace in South Sudan is desperately needed if this refugee crisis is to end.
Last year, as a movement of young people across Aotearoa, we stood united with the South Sudanese children seeking refuge in Uganda. We dared to believe change was possible. And we were right!
Funds raised in the 2018 40 Hour Famine helped provide children with clean water and food, a chance to continue their education and play at a Child Friendly Space, and World Vision case workers for refugee children without their parents.
Together, we supported a key refugee response project supporting South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. This project focused on 3 main areas: reception centres, child protection, and core relief items.
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What we achieved together in 2018 was incredible, but it’s not over yet. This 40 Hour Famine, we’re calling on New Zealand to show the world that change is possible. This time, you write the rules.
Funds raised from the 2019 40 Hour Famine will continue to support the children of South Sudan seeking refuge in Uganda.
With your support, we will continue to provide children and their families with safe water, and core relief items like shelter kits, blankets and mosquito nets. And continue to protect children by providing case workers for unaccompanied minors and ensure children are supported with education and psycho-social support in child-friendly spaces.
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