The borehole in Uror county South Sudan © CARE/Josh Estey
By Kidega Livingstone
As CARE South Sudan marks 25 years of humanitarian service in the country, it has renewed its call for parties in the ongoing conflict to seek long-lasting solutions for peace.
The agency has also appealed for more funds to reach people who are in need of humanitarian assistance in the country.
Care Country Director Ms. Rosalind Crowther said that Care has expanded to assist millions of people to prevent gender based violence, rebuild their livelihoods and improve nutrition and food security.
She said they are supporting seven health facilities in Ruweng State and three mobile health teams in Torit State serving hard to reach communities.
“South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis is having a devastating effect on communities, especially women and girls. CARE needs more funding to reach people with lifesaving assistance,” said Crowther.
“South Sudanese people are resilient but they have become tired of an unending conflict. All they want is peace so that they can begin to re-build their lives,” she added.
She said their partnership with the South Sudanese people started long before the country’s independence and has flourished over the last 25 years.
“I remember vividly when I was a small boy, my family was receiving some foodstuff and blankets from CARE in 1993,” says Mr. Angelo Sakondo, a former beneficiary and now an employee with CARE South Sudan. “By then, we had nothing. Things were really tough as the war for an independent South Sudan was at its peak.”
CARE’s journey in what is now South Sudan started in 1993 with the organisation initially providing emergency and relief assistance to people displaced from their homes.
Since the current crisis began in 2013, over 4 million South Sudanese have been forced to flee their homes, including more than 2 million now living as refugees in neighbouring countries. The UN estimates that about 7.1 million – almost two thirds of the population – will go hungry this year without urgent humanitarian assistance.