South Sudan is a region that has been ravaged by war. For all
but 10 years since Sudanese independence in 1956, civil war has resulting in
serious neglect, lack of infrastructure development, and major destruction and
displacement. More than 2 million people have died, and more than 4 million
are internally displaced or have become refugees as a result of the civil war
and war-related famine, disease, and displacement. A 1998 famine killed
hundreds of thousands, and a food emergency was declared in mid-2005.
A 2009 UN Report noted these sobering facts about South Sudan:
- More than 90% of the population lives on less than a dollar a day;
- 1.2 million people in Southern Sudan are food deficit and will need assistance
during this year;
- One out of seven women who become pregnant will probably die of pregnancy
- There are only 10 certified midwives in all of Southern Sudan;
- 92% of women in Southern Sudan cannot read and write;
- 97% of the population has no access to sanitation;
- Polio, once eradicated from Southern Sudan has re-emerged;
And perhaps the two statistics that capture it all:
- a 15 year old girl has a higher chance of dying in childbirth than of
- The maternal mortality rate is the highest in the world and the child
immunization rate the lowest
Since 1996 Fulaa Lifeline International has been working to meet
the needs of refugees from South Sudan, first among those in the Washington, D.C.,
area, and more recently in South Sudan, as refugees are returning to the homeland.
The needs are great, but so is our God!