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South Sudan on the Brink of Famine as Fighting Rages On. Aid agencies predict that South Sudan could be headed for the worst famine since the 1984 Ethiopian famine.
The United Nations has warned that a famine looms if there is no end to the fighting that erupted in mid-December between the government and rebels. More than a third of the nation's roughly 11 million people could be on the brink of starvation by the end of the year, UN officials claim.
Additional aid is needed to combat this alarming crisis.
Hopeofiriha sponsors south Sudanese refugee children who came to Uganda when conflict broke out last December between Dinka and Nuer, and those who are stranded in Kampala from the previous war. The current crisis in Jonglei state has forced children to crossed into northern Uganda. Most have approached Hope Ofiriha to sponsor, unfortunately, we are able to help only two this time. We do not have fund to sponsor all of them.
Hope Ofiriha has a policy to sponsor each child per family and from different part of the country. We help children from Dinka, Nuer, Acholi, Bari, and madi equally. We do this to ensure to spread the development of education across the country.
The children from Jonglei state have not reported in their school in Uganda since last year, and Hope Ofiriha has no idea what had happened to them. We are cutting down the number of pupils we have been supporting from 65 to 32. For two reasons, first 33 pupils were missing and had been difficult for Hope Ofiriha to get in touch with their parents from Jonglei State where the current conflict is taking place. Second, the fighting in the country made our fundraising (South Sudanese in Diaspora) pulled out from helping in the country. This has a negative impact on project income level.
We sponsor children with funds donated by south Sudanese in Diaspora, GlobalGiving, European individual families, and a cooperate donor.
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