South Sudan Struck by Aid Shortage After Days of Fighting
ICC Note: After the ceasefire that was declared in South Sudan on Monday, July 11 following five days of bloody conflict, the situation in the country is still critical. Many have been killed and the survivors are taking refuge in various places, including churches. These survivors are now suffering from lack of various kinds of aid since those providing aid are either being evacuated or attacked and prevented from getting to their destination. An estimated 42,000 people have been displaced in South Sudan due to the recent violence, and there is now a lack of food, water, and medical care throughout the country. Though this conflict is not directly related to Christian persecution, there is a large number of Christians in South Sudan, particularly the Nuba Mountain region, and many of them are suffering from this violence.
07/14/2016, South Sudan (The Washington Post) – Two days after a cease-fire took hold in the capital of the world’s youngest country, the situation remained dire Wednesday for tens of thousands of civilians displaced by fierce clashes.
International officials and aid workers are being evacuated from South Sudan, including U.S. diplomats. The United States said it was sending 40 additional soldiers to provide protection for American personnel and facilities.
Fighting erupted in the past week in the capital, Juba, between the rival forces of the president and vice president, sending thousands of civilians fleeing to U.N. compounds.
Those compounds soon found themselves at the center of the clashes, with attackers firing small arms and heavy weapons and killing two peacekeepers.