Oxfam combats the crisis in Sudan

The conflict in South Sudan began on the evening of 14 December 2013, when a faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army began an alleged mutiny in South Sudan. Fighting spread beyond the capital, Juba, to the region around Jonglei which is prone to ethnic instability, largely along ethnic lines. At least 1,000 people were reported to have been killed and over 800 other people were injured.

The current situation

Since fighting between government troops and rebel forces erupted in South Sudan on 15 December:

  • Nearly 500,000 people have fled their homes
  • 67,000 people have sought refuge at various UN compounds across the country. In Juba, 80% of displaced people are women and children.
  • More than 86,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries, many of whom had to cross the Nile River on their way to Uganda, leaving everything they had behind and risking their lives.
  • 212,000 people have been reached with humanitarian aid from international aid agencies.

Progress

The recent ceasefire in South Sudan is a sign of political progress, but the parties now must honor their commitments and put an end to hostilities. Oxfam’s priority is to redouble efforts to help refugees, while at the same time ensuring the communities hosting them have full access to water, health facilities, schools and food.

 “We now hope this agreement will hold fast and will allow us to rapidly scale up our work to reach the poorest and most vulnerable.” – José Barahona, Oxfam’s Country Director for South Sudan

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam is coordinating with others in the humanitarian community to provide life saving assistance – including food supplies, water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, to approximately 20,000 people displaced by violence in Juba, and are closely monitoring the situation in other parts of the country. They have reached more than 110,000 people in three locations in South Sudan with water, health and sanitation equipment and also started responding to urgent needs of refugees and hosting communities in Uganda.

Oxfam has been present in Southern Sudan since 1983, providing humanitarian aid to victims of conflict, drought and floods, as well as long-term development assistance to some of the most vulnerable communities. Over this time, they have helped more than 500,000 people and are committed to sustained assistance during this current crisis.

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in Sydney, N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people across Sydney, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Oxfam as they encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

You can help Oxfam in their efforts in Sudan by donating to their appeal:

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/africa-crisis-appeal/

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