The number of children who are acutely malnourished in South Sudan is expected to rise to 1.3 million by the end of this year.
In 2013, civil war broke out in South Sudan forcing many families to flee their homes. Those who have started to return often come back to nothing: livestock have died or been stolen and many crops have been destroyed.
On top of this, increasingly erratic rain has led to cycles of drought and flooding. This means that even when a family can plant their crops, floods come and wash them away leaving them with no harvest. For families, even one poor harvest can be disastrous.
By supporting our South Sudan appeal you could save a child's life by helping to provide urgently needed emergency therapeutic food that the most severely malnourished children need to survive. Your support will also mean that we can be there for the longer term once children are on the road to recovery too.
Before I took Axlam* to Concern, she was inactive. She did not play with the children and just cried... Now, she plays with the other children.
Nyarok* lives in Aweil, South Sudan with her husband, his grandmother and their three children. The family fled the area in 2007 to escape conflict, but when the fighting moved on in 2016, they were able to return to their small, mud and thatch hut.
On a good day, the family eat twice - but that only happens about four times a month. The youngest, two-year-old Axlam*, became malnourished. Thankfully, Nyarok took Axlam to the Concern clinic, where they diagnosed her and provided emergency food to help her recover.
Looking to the future
To end extreme poverty and hunger we also know how important it is to build resilience, that's why Concern has a variety of programmes.
- Concern's training in vegetable production and conservation agriculture helps families adapt their farming practices to take into account the increasingly erratic rains, preserve soil and get back on their feet again.
- As does Concern's promotion of village saving groups - having a reserve when times are tough makes a big difference in rebuilding lives.
- Concern also runs health clinics offering programmes which help prevent children from becoming malnourished in the first place and ensures pregnant mums have the nutrients their babies need.
But these programmes require time, investment and sometimes several growing seasons before they can truly allow families to feed themselves. In the meantime, we must help children survive now.
*names have been changed due to security reasons.
Other ways to donate
You can also donate by telephone:
Just call our Supporter Care team on 0800 032 4001 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and they can process card payments over the phone.
Other ways to help
We partner with a range of organisations that share our passion and the results have been fantastic.