| May 17, 2022
A New Refugee Crisis in Old Fangak, South Sudan
Refugees from Leer at Old Fangak
The human crisis in South Sudan is unimaginable. 8.3 million people, including refugees, facing "food insecurity." That's the easy way to say they're currently starving—or soon will be. In our region of South Sudan, Jonglie State, unprecedented floods, and localized conflict have made an already difficult situation measurably worse.
The floods meant that most of the harvests did not happen. And in just one week this month, five thousand new refugees arrived in Old Fangak with little but the clothes on their backs—and some did not have clothes. They came from the village of Leer where a violent attack by cattle raiders caused some 40,000 people to flee. The new refugees are taxing all available sources of clean water and have no food to eat.
This is the world where your donations are being used.
Our original goal was to drill 5 new boreholes for refugees fleeing civil war. Now the movement of thousands of displaced people due to flooding and the localized conflicts (as mentioned above) we’re looking at areas where the refugees are moving and working alongside other partners working to determine how best to respond. Our team is currently in the field assessing potential locations for new boreholes. We are shipping to Old Fangak 800 water purifiers for household use. We're also talking to the refugees and the community leaders about their food needs and whether a community garden specifically for refugees might be created.
We have recently repaired six community boreholes in Old Fangak. Six additional wells are being examined this week in nearby communities and will be repaired if needed. A new well was also completed in Old Fangak near the refugee encampment. The funds you donate today will help us respond to this human crisis. And we do need help. Our response depends entirely on the donations we receive. We are a small organization and quick to respond. By aiding this project, you are reaching people whose need is real, severe and life threatening.
I would really hope that one day we can stop asking for your help. I envision a place at peace, where there’s enough clean water and children do not go hungry. That’s what we’re working towards. Today your help is needed more than ever.
Seeds arriving in Old Fangak
A new source of clean water