Tearfund Canada is supporting Tearfund South Sudan with a three month humanitarian response project in Aweil West and Aweil North counties, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State in South Sudan.
The long simmering political crisis in neighbouring Sudan erupted into violent conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces. This has resulted in mass displacements and a paralyzing effect on social services and key economic activities. There has been an exodus of displaced Sudanese households as well as previously displaced South Sudanese back into South Sudan, primarily into the two counties targeted by this project.
A recent needs assessment showed that these displaced people are faced with enormous challenges, including a lack of access to food, shelter, health services and education. Though the host communities are endeavoring to support this population, what little food they have will not last for long given the precariousness of their own situation. This area of South Sudan is classified as being in IPC 4 (emergency) conditions.
Tearfund South Sudan will provide three monthly food basket transfers to 600 households (4,200 individuals). This includes 240 South Sudanese returnee households and 360 Sudanese refugee households. The monthly food basket will consist of 105 kgs of sorghum, 11 kgs of beans, 6 litres of cooking oil and 1 kg of salt. A total of 189 mt of sorghum, 19.8 mt of beans, 10,800 litres of oil and 1.8 mt of salt will be provided over the three-month project.