Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/25/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Not even enough food for aid workers.

The planting season is past and now the growing season has begun in South Sudan, except there's nothing to grow across the country. Nearly 5 million people face death by starvation.

This child is receiving medical care, but the odds are poor. Even those under the care of humanitarian agencies are in grave danger as resources run out.

This child is receiving medical care, but the odds are poor. Even those under the care of humanitarian agencies are in grave danger as resources run out.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/25/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: South Sudan, conflict, famine, Catholic, aid


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Relief workers are working across South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya, without enough supplies to do their work. Many workers are themselves going hungry. Six months of civil war and the displacement of millions of people has created an artificial humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. The famine is no past the point of no-return, thousands will surely die.

Early summer is when crops should be growing and herds fattening for the harvest, but now fields lay barren, the herds long gone, stolen by militias to feed those willing to kill.

Hunger never takes a vacation. What are you doing?

Shabbily-dressed victims are moving in roving bands, seeking food and shelter as millions of displaced people are herded into overcrowded camps where officials can attempt to feed them. Unfortunately, sanitary conditions, disease, and the stress of overcrowding are taking their toll.

Atop all these problems is a general lack of resources, far below what is projected to stave off starvation and death. In the background a power struggle continues between two warring factions, the president of South Sudan and the army still clashes with militias loyal to the former vice president, tearing up the country as they go.

A distraught father brings his son for help that doesn

A distraught father brings his son for help that doesn't exist. What can be said in such a case? There is no relief, no comfort here.


About 1.3 million people, mostly children, are in immediate danger of death from malnutrition. A further 4 million are at lesser risk, but still face significant danger.

The world has been called to action, but virtually nobody has answered. Perhaps people are weary of wars and disasters, tired of helping. It's difficult to say why governments won't do their part and why people have stopped giving, but fatigue is a reality.

As Christians, watching these events unfold is especially heartbreaking. There are literally hundreds of thousands of babies who are living the last few weeks of their life as we speak, dying in unbearable suffering because no nation or people will donate the scraps from their plate to help them. The whole world it seems is tired or on vacation.

Yet hunger never takes a vacation.

For the people of South Sudan, the government is a distant figment in faraway Juba. For these people, reality is the farm. They live -and die across the expansive rural districts of the Sahel region of Africa. Despite droughts that seem to occur with increasing frequency and the slow encroach of the Sahara, the region can be bountiful. Farmers skilled by virtue of generations of work can make the land grow even with meager resources.

Kids are the first to suffer as parents cut them off from food and clothing. Food and clothes are fo

Kids are the first to suffer as parents cut them off from food and clothing. Food and clothes are for those who can work and bring in food. Children are a liability in these situations. Who among us could make such a decision? Severe hunger changes the way even loving parents think.


Yet there is no skill that can grow a crop from nothing. No herd can be replaced from animals stolen and butchered to feed ravenous soldiers.

This is where you come in. The people of South Sudan are doomed. Millions of them, certainly hundreds of thousands of children will certainly die. The aid they need isn't coming. This is reality.

However, you can still make a difference, if not for all, certainly for a few. One single food donation is all that's asked. One donation will feed one child 30 meals, buying a few weeks of precious life. Every week that goes by, the conflict in South Sudan hopefully comes closer to resolution.

If the people can survive until next year, and world powers can force the warring factions to at least agree to a cease fire, then famine can be stopped. Farmers can plant crops from new seed stocks and the people of South Sudan can at least feed themselves.

People are still being buried in individual graves, a luxury that will change as more people begin t

People are still being buried in individual graves, a luxury that will change as more people begin to to succumb to hunger. Soon the graves will become anonymous, then massive.


However, we have to buy a lot of time for a lot of people. There won't be enough for all, but there will be just enough for some. We have a duty to save who we can. Let us pray and act now to do what we can.

You may take a vacation this summer, but hunger is ever present. Enjoy your time of plenty, but don't leave without doing your part. Give now and let us pray that our gifts are multiplied by God and children presently condemned to die, will gain a second chance at life because you cared enough to help.

All good Samaritans are asked to click here and donate to our campaign to help South Sudan. Each donation will send one bag of regionally-formulated Vitameal to relief efforts. 

ACT NOW

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Africa

Where are they going?: Number of ISIS fighters in Syria heavily drop Watch

Image of ISIS militants rise in Libya.

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The number of ISIS militants swarming Syria and Iraq is believed to have dropped from 19,000 to 25,000 fighters to 20,000 to 31,500, according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest. However, as the number of fighters lower in that area, it is doubling in Libya. ... continue reading


Horrific female genital mutilation continues to haunt over 200 million girls and women around the world Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Despite efforts from the United Nations to completely outlaw this horrible practice, Female Genital Mutilation continues to affect girls and women all around the world.  LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the UN Children's agency, 200 million females ... continue reading


Why is the USA dumping Gitmo terrorists in Africa? Ghana Bishops Conference asks tough questions nobody wants to answer Watch

Image of Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Bishop's Conference of Ghana is unhappy that the U.S. government has sent two known terrorists to their country. The bishops have sent a letter asking the government of Ghana to send the terrorists back to where they came from. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) ... continue reading


Boko Haram's horrific massacre leaves a trail of charred children's bodies Watch

Image of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari declared last year that Nigeria had

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The dreaded terrorist group Boko Haram razed the village of Dalori in northeastern Nigeria this past weekend. Fifty people were killed - some of them children, when the group marched into the village and began shooting indiscriminately. Horrifying photos of charred ... continue reading


Women tricked into sex trafficking ... BY OTHER WOMEN Watch

Image of Women continue to be tricked into becoming victims of the sex trafficking industry (StopEnslavement.org).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Women are often duped by other women into believing there are job opportunities in Dubai. After paying a finder's fee to the "friends" who get them jobs, women travel to Dubai and learn that they were really sold as prostitutes. Their passports and return flight ... continue reading


South Sudan Needs Change NOW: Sudanese leaders must put their nation's interests before their own, bishop says Watch

Image of Sudan has been the scene of nearly continuous civil war since it gained independence in 1956 (Photo by Al Jazeera).

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

Bishop Santo Loku Pio Doggale joined his brother prelates from South Sudan and Sudan for a time of rest and prayer in Rome last week, during which they were able to discuss key issues the two countries face, including decades of internal conflict and war. Rome, Italy ... continue reading


Libyan man executed by Islamic State for practicing acupuncture Watch

Image of Libyan Haaji Mohammed says that one of the men is his friend,

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The scene on the video is familiar, but no less horrific. Two men in orange jumpsuits kneel before a black-clad Islamic State executioner and have their heads cut off with a scimitar before a cheering crowd. Libyan Haaji Mohammed says that one of the men is his ... continue reading


Terrorist attacks at Burkina Faso luxury hotel foiled; security forces storm facility Watch

Image of A terrorist siege at a Burkina Faso luxury ended on Saturday after security forces stormed the building.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A terrorist siege at a Burkina Faso luxury ended on Saturday after security forces stormed the building. Twenty-eight people from 18 different nations died in the attack; the 156 people trapped in the hotel during the siege were freed and taken to safety. LOS ... continue reading


The world looks on as people in Africa continue to starve Watch

Image of People are starving to death while the world looks on (AFP).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Millions in Ethiopia and South Sudan are victims of both drought and war, leaving most to starve. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Ethiopia continues to suffer extreme droughts, doubling the number of people in need of help within a span of only three months, ... continue reading


Islamic State attacks Libyan oil supplies, killing guards, setting tanks on fire Watch

Image of Islamic State militants have launched attacks against Libya's checkpoints near the oil port of Es Sider for the past couple of days.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The rapidly deteriorating conditions in the North African nation of Libya have continued to worsen. Islamic State militants have launched attacks against Libya's checkpoints near the oil port of Es Sider for the past couple of days. A storage tank in the port ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • 10 important things to consider during Lent
  • MAKE YOURSELF COUNT! Complete this quick Ash Wednesday survey
  • Stations of the Cross - Series HD Video
  • Can you answer these four challenging questions about Lent?
  • Daily Reading for Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 HD Video
  • Daily Readings for Tuesday, February 09, 2016
  • St. Apollonia: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Kings 8:1-7, 9-13
1 Solomon then summoned the elders of Israel to Jerusalem to bring the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 132:6-7, 8-10
6 Listen, we heard of it in Ephrathah, we found it at ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 6:53-56
53 Having made the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 8th, 2016 Image

St. Jerome Emiliani
February 8: Jerome Emiliani lay chained in the dark dirty ... Read More