ACTNews, SOUTH SUDAN - It is six years old now. June 9, 2011 became the date birth of this youngest country ever in this world. South Sudan it is, a landlocked country which was once a part of Republic of Sudan.
Just six years ago South Sudan was declared as sovereign state by United Nations. However, its independence never once brings good news to the world. Instead of acing the first phase of newborn country with excellent economic growth, South Sudan crumbles, full of chaos and devastation.
All started with conflicts and civil war, a battlefield of their ego.
Worse it is, as the civil war broke only two years after South Sudan declared its independence in 2013. Until today, or four years after the war occurred, poverty and agony still surround the everyday life of people in South Sudan. Conflict does degrade all aspects of life in this country/
Moreover, few months ago UN said that 20 million people in four countries struck by famine. Somalia, yemen, Nigeria and South Sudan were on the list of countries whose people do not have anything to eat, even until now.
Approximately 100,000 Sudanese people in several worst-affected war are trapped in the life-threatening hunger. They live in the border of Sudan-South Sudan or in villages along Nil River. According to UN, the worst-affected region lies along the perched land in the central to northern South Sudan. Meanwhile, about 5.5 million people in other parts of this country are on the brink of famine. One million of them are children who are severely malnourished.
When conflict occurs on daily basis, the economy condition in South Sudan falls. Its currency (South Sudanese Pound/SPP) maybe only revolves around few numbers of people there. Stock of groceries becomes smaller in number, they prioritize what is left for their children and babies born in the darkest time.
ACT’s partner in Khartoum, the capital city of Sudan, said, “In South Sudan, the days are always be filled with horror. Conflict either destroys your village or put you in the waiting list of death as you are dying in hunger.”
All endeavours are pursued to deliver qurbani from Indonesia to South Sudan
Last year, when the conflict entered the third year in South Sudan, hundred thousands people in the north chose to flee the conflict. They went across the border to Sudan. Release from Mercy Corps in the beginning 2017 said that at least 305,000 refugees of South Sudan in Republic of Sudan.
Closer to the border areasㅡbetween South Sudan and Sudan or South Sudan and Ethiopiaㅡthe conflict is on fire. Villages are burnt down and this has been happening for the last six years.
In september 2016, when an influx of South Sudanese refugees came to Sudan, it is when Global Qurban went there. Some camps were visited, qurbani from Indonesia were delivered for those who lived in the border areas. Thousand refugee families in the border of South Sudan and Sudan tasted the juicy qurbani meat from Indonesian people. More than 8,000 kilometer away, qurbani from Indonesia arrived in Sudan.
But, why did Global Qurban not enter South Sudan last year?
There was security reason behind it. Visa was unlikely to be issued amidst the horrific conflict while the entry gate to South Sudan was completely closed. Military forces also applied tight security measures across the border of the two countries.
As tashreeq days went for only four days, last year’s qurbani implementation was only held in Sudan. The qurbani distribution targeted several slum and marginalized areas in Khartoum, capital city of Sudan, and to the south where refugee camps were located.
Counting down the days to Eid Al-Adha 2017, Global Qurban will ensure that we’ll make our comeback to Sudan. All endeavours are pursued in order to cross the border of Sudan and South Sudan, delivering qurbani from Indonesia to villages in South Sudan.
Target distribution areas include villages adjacent to the border. They are burnt villages, or the dying ones as famine, cholera and acute malnutrition haunt.