Located in East Africa, South Sudan is the world’s newest country! After decades of civil war, in which an estimated 2.5 million people lost their lives, a peace agreement was signed with Sudan in 2005. After a six year interim, a referendum was held where over 98% of the people voted to separate from Sudan, and a new nation was born! Gaining recognition from the international community, the Republic of South Sudan became an independent and legitimate country on July 9, 2011.
For over two years, relative peace was maintained in the new nation but in December of 2013, fighting broke out and a civil conflict raged for months. Over a million people fled their homes and farms with nothing more than what they could carry, seeking refuge in surrounding countries or safer counties within South Sudan or surrounding countries such as Uganda.
ADRA Canada, with funding partners like the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and our generous supporters, has been helping these internally displaced people survive through the distribution of food and other essentials. With relative peace being re-established, people are slowly returning to their homes, but with no crops or food left in storage, they still need help to survive.