Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/12/2014 (4 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Famine is now all but inevitable and Catholics are asked to respond.

The five-month old civil war in South Sudan has flared again, causing both sides to discard a peace deal signed just last Friday. Without peace, it will remain difficult to feed the more than three million people who now face certain famine.

South Sudanese children wait to eat. Food relief is barely trickling in and supplies will run out by the end of May.

South Sudanese children wait to eat. Food relief is barely trickling in and supplies will run out by the end of May.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/12/2014 (4 months ago)

Published in Africa

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


JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN (Catholic Online) - South Sudanese rebels have renewed fighting with the forces of President Salva Kiir, and both sides accuse the other of violating a cease fire negotiated just last Friday. According to government sources, the rebel commander, Riek Machar, is not in control of his own forces, particularly a rebel force known as the "White Army." The White Army is so dubbed because its troops smear themselves with wood ash to ward off mosquitoes.

The White Army has allegedly attacked government forces in the northern region of South Sudan around oil facilities. The militia may not have received word that the fighting was supposed to stop on Friday, government sources speculated.

Help feed the people displaced by this vicious conflict.


Most of the conflict is taking place around oil-producing facilities in Unity state.

A similar peace deal brokered in January also fell apart.

The situation leaves nearly four million South Sudanese civilians at serious risk of starvation. Both drought and displacement have prevented planting in time to avoid famine. Seed stocks have also been largely consumed by militant forces, leaving farmers with nothing to plant. UN officials warn the crisis in South Sudan may become the worst famine witnessed in the region since the 1980s.

In addition to farmers unable to sow crops, fishermen haven't been able to fish in the Upper Nile and ranchers haven't been able to graze surviving livestock.

The mass migration of 3.7 million people has also strained communities across the region and across borders.

The UN says that catastrophe can still be avoided, but only if the world delivers enough aid in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, support for humanitarian operations in the region remain woefully underfunded. The world has little interest it seems in feeding the people of South Sudan.

Despite what the world may do -or may not do, we as Catholics have an obligation to help. We cannot sleep in our beds with our bellies full, knowing that other people are dying of starvation. We cannot rest our conscience until we can at least say we have done something.

The call to action we are issuing is for every reader to donate something to help these people. We ask that according to your means, you donate food, or that you donate to our bridge fund which will allow us to close logistical gaps between food donations and the people meant to receive them.

One of the greatest challenges with the crisis in South Sudan is infrastructure and safely transporting food to the people who need it most. These obstacles can be overcome, but they require resources to do it with.

Your Catholic Voice Foundation asks that you answer the call and help out any way you can. We cannot save the entire world yet, but we can save some and we have a duty to deliver.

Please help.

---


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


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for September 2014
Mentally disabled:
That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.
Service to the poor: That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.



Comments


More Africa

Health team butchered in Guinea as Ebola outbreak accelerates Watch

Image of Health workers in Guinea being decontaminated after handling potentially Ebola infected materials.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Eight members of a medical team attempting to raise awareness about Ebola have been killed by villagers using machetes and clubs in Guinea. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The bodies of health workers, local officials and journalists were found in a septic tank ... continue reading


A new name for terror: Djounoud Al khalifa Watch

Image of Created this month by Khaled Abu Suleiman, whose real name is Gourou Abdul Malik, a 50-year-old man who left al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in order to pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi as the commander of all followers of Islam.

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

"Djounoud Al khalifa," or Soldiers of the Caliph is the given name of the new pivot of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, which has been freshly created by the Islamic State in Islamic Maghreb. North Africa is now bracing for a spate of new ... continue reading


Death toll isn't the only toll: Ebola outbreak will cause untold economic damage Watch

Image of Aid workers in protective suits deal with Ebola infected patients.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new report from the World Bank has revealed that the West African Ebola outbreak could cost affected nations billions of dollars and slash economic growth rates by double digits if the virus continues to spread. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Besides just ... continue reading


PRAY FOR NIGERIA - Catholic Church reports as many as 20 priests hiding from Boko Haram in Nigeria Watch

Image of Nigerian Christians are under serious threat from Boko Haram.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Catholic Church is warning the world that 25 villages, all with large Catholic populations, remain under the firm control of Boko Haram, an Islamic militant groups that has aligned itself with the Islamic State. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Catholic ... continue reading


World bank loans $105 million to combat Ebola Watch

Image of The grant, approved on the same day U.S. President Barack Obama pledged to send 3,000 military troops to the region, will also pay for training programs for international staff going to the countries, and basic supplies for quarantined areas.

By Stella Dawson, Thomson Reuters Foundation

The World Bank approved a $105 million grant on Tuesday to speed up delivery of emergency supplies and provide support for healthcare workers in the three West African countries worst affected by the Ebola crisis. (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The disease has ... continue reading


SECURITY THREAT: U.S. troops to join in fight against Ebola Watch

Image of Liberia, a nation founded by freed American slaves and the hardest hit of the countries affected by the crisis will be the focus of the U.S. military deployment.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak has been declared a threat to global security by U.S. President Obama and has since announced a major expansion of the U.S. role in trying to turning the deadly tide. In response, the president has deployed 3,000 troops to ... continue reading


Has Ebola gone airborne? Fears spread that virus could mutate Watch

Image of The World Health Organization has reported that the West African outbreak of Ebola has caused 2,500 deaths since it began in early 2014.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Concerns have been raised that the federal government is anticipating a rapid spread of the Ebola virus, as evidenced by the U.S. State Department ordering 160,000 hazmat suits. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Market Watch posted a press release in which ... continue reading


Obama declares war on Ebola! 3,000 U.S. Marines and soldiers head to Liberia Watch

Image of 3,000 U.S. soldiers and Marines are going to be sent to Liberia to help stop the current Ebola outbreak.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Thousands of U.S. troops will arrive in the West African nation of Liberia as part of President Barack Obama's response to the Ebola outbreak that is wreaking havoc in the region. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force ... continue reading


Traditional methods of fighting disease are not working in West Africa Watch

Image of Health workers transport the body of an Ebola victim wrapped in a plastic bag. Ebola victims are burned in the bags they're collected in.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which continues to ravage countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, has so far proved resistant to traditional methods of combating epidemics, notably contact tracing. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Lt. Rebecca Levine, ... continue reading


STUDY: Ebola outbreak could shortly infect surrounding African nations Watch

Image of Bats are being blamed for the transmission of the Ebola virus -- adding to the urgency is the fact that bats are eaten, frequently raw, in parts of Africa.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The organ-melting virus known as Ebola tearing through West Africa will most likely grow to infect other African nations, according to a worrisome new study. According to research by the University of Oxford, the deadly virus threatens to spread - not necessarily ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

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

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49
35 Someone may ask: How are dead people raised, and ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 56:10-12, 13-14
10 In God whose word I praise, in Yahweh whose word I ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 8:4-15
4 With a large crowd gathering and people from every ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 20th, 2014 Image

Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions
September 20: Feastday: September 20 The evangelization of Korea began ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter