The United Nations reports that across South Sudan, an estimated 3.9 million people – 34 per cent of the population – were severely food insecure in September 2015. This represents an 80 per cent increase compared with the same period last year. They also believe that over 2 million have had to flee their homes, some multiple times. While the late arrival of rains and the relatively light seasonal rains have contributed to the food insecurity, political unrest is also part of the problem. The Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency ( PRDA) is ready to help and its Executive Director, Rev. James Makuei states “The human suffering is South Sudan now is unimaginable.”
How can you and your church help:
- Please pray for South Sudan. The church is working hard to bring political stability, which will ultimately lead to food security and a better living environment. Pray for the church leaders and for those who are suffering during the process.
- Please give financially. We are encouraging individuals & congregations to give generously to support the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance response to this food crisis. They will provide relief items such as temporary shelter, health supplies, maize meal, beans and cooking oil, with special attention given to vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, children under five, people with disabilities and the chronically ill. You can send checks payable to Shenango Presbytery to the presbytery office at: 4197 New Castle Rd., Pulaski, PA 16142. Please mark the checks “South Sudan Response”