Updated: 22 February, 2017
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The United Nations (UN) declared a famine in parts of South Sudan on 20 February. Oxfam Hong Kong is allocating HK$3.2 million to support relief efforts for the people of South Sudan, and calling on the public to donate to save lives.
The situation in South Sudan is dire. With the country’s prolonged conflict, which erupted in December 2013, coupled with crop failure and the rapid increase in food prices, 100,000 people are now facing starvation. Nearly 5 million people – or 40 per cent of the country’s population – are also in urgent need of food and help, especially women and children. An estimated 1.5 million people from South Sudan have also fled to neighbouring countries like Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya to seek refuge from the conflict.
Close to half of the population (5.5 million people) are expected to be affected by extreme hunger by July 2017. If we are going to stop the spread of famine, we must act now.
We have been implementing poverty alleviation projects in South Sudan and neighbouring areas for over 30 years. Over the past year, we have provided food, water distribution and other relief to more than 600,000 people in the country. Humanitarian relief workers are still working in South Sudan, including Unity State where a famine was declared.
Oxfam has seven humanitarian bases across the country and our roving Emergency Preparedness & Response team is deployable to run life-saving activities in other locations where the need is greatest. Our activities include:
- Providing food assistance
- Supplying clean water, and building latrines and sanitation facilities
- Providing the tools and training for people to make a living
- Teaching hygiene practices and training others to lead them
- Setting up water supply systems, sanitation facilities, providing the daily necessities of life and promoting good hygiene practices in Nguenyyiel camp – the camp for refugees from South Sudan in Ethiopia, which is bordered by South Sudan
Oxfam staff distribute water treatment kits to the community in South Sudan. (Photo: Albert Gonzalez Farran/ Oxfam)
Oxfam teams repair and rehabilitate boreholes and run water quality tests in urban and rural areas across the country. (Photo: Albert Gonzalez Farran/Oxfam)
Oxfam staff measure out food for South Sudanese at a distribution. (Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam)
An Oxfam team supervises a food drop from a World Food Programme plane. (Photo: Nick Lacey/Oxfam)
Act now, save lives!
Donation methods for Oxfam’s South Sudan Famine Response are as follows:
Donations can be transferred to the various bank accounts of Oxfam Hong Kong:
- Hang Seng Bank: 284-401080-005
- Bank of China: 012-874-1-049363-3
(Please send this form with the original bank receipt)
- Bank of China Macau: 01-01-20-840951 (澳門幣 MOP)
- Banco OCEC Weng Hang Bank: 743342-001 (澳門幣 MOP)
- Tai Fung Bank: 201-1-10056-9 (澳門幣 MOP)
- ICBC Macau: 0119100200005410616 (澳門幣 MOP)
- BNU Macau: 9012625045 (澳門幣 MOP)
(Please send this form with the original bank receipt or online payment acknowledgement slip and write "South Sudan Famine" on the back)
- Bank of China Macau cardholders can make donations via BOC Express or BOCNET
(Please choose Special Program: South Sudan Famine)
Three key conditions need to be met before a famine is declared:
1. At least 20 per cent of households need to be facing an extreme shortage in food and have limited ability to cope (i.e. at least one-fifth of the population does not have access to 2,100 calories a day).
2. More than two out of every 10,000 people die each day.
3. Over 30 per cent of the population is seriously malnourished.