South Sudan’s population could be reduced by 50 per cent if extra help from Western countries doesn’t happen soon.
South Sudan is gripped in a civil war that has seen famine hit the country harder than any other nation in Africa.
Crimes against humanity, displacement, violent crimes and severe famine will see inhabitants either leave the country or die from starvation.South Sudan officially became a nation in 2011 after gaining independence from Sudan. However there has been no joy as the country has endured civil war for most of its existence as rebel fighters led by former deputy Riek Machar battle the South Sudanese Government and supporting Ethiopian fighters.
Up to 300,000 people have been killed through the civil war and that number is rising due to the lack of food and clean water in the country. Thousands of South Sudanese are migrating out of the country in an attempt to find safer ground.
A study conducted in 2015 by the South Sudan Law Society using the Harvard questionnaire reports that 41 per cent of South Sudanese exhibited symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is comparable with post-genocide Rwanda and Cambodia.
Recently, tensions have risen in neighboring Uganda as it struggles to deal with the mass migration of civilians from South Sudan. Uganda is home to over one million refugees including 898,000 South Sudanese.
The war in Syria has been the focus of media groups over the last two years and rightfully so as it is a horrible situation that deserves world attention.
South Sudan has become the forgotten war, aid groups are doing their best to raise awareness to help those still trapped in the country.
What is quite the most confronting fact about South Sudan in all of this is the killing of innocent civilians. Often these deaths are due to political or religious beliefs, the North of Sudan has a heavy Islam presence whilst the South of the country identify mainly as Christians.
Peace talks between Machar and Kiir broke down last year after hopes it would put an end to the fighting.
Data is scarce but it is quite possible there are more people dying in South Sudan than Syria, that in itself is scary. As human beings we need to do more.
If you can donate to help the famine in South Sudan please visit: https://www.unicef.org.au/appeals/south-sudan-childrens-crisis?&mkwid=smQwZMvDJ&pcrid=181819464608&pkw=south%20sudan%20donate&pmt=e&pdv=c&plid=&gclid=CIitkOm5ltQCFRR8vQod6bAF7g