27May20 -South Sudan-Original

Dear prayer partners,

On Friday 22 May, the UN human rights chief insisted that intercommunal violence in South Sudan had to stop and those responsible had to be swiftly brought to justice. This announcement came after a review report of the first three months of 2020, revealed that about 658 people were killed in intercommunal violence in the country, another estimated 452 were injured, about 592 people were abducted and 65 people reported being subjected to sexual violence.

In February, a treaty was signed aiming to end the country’s six-year civil war, but intercommunal violence has erupted several times since then. These conflicts have been driven by tensions over access to natural resources such as water and grazing land for cattle and have become increasingly militarised in terms of tactics and weaponry.

Over the weekend, in Jonglei state, in the north-east of South Sudan, intense intercommunity fighting broke out. It was reported that hundreds of people were killed or wounded, women were abducted, cattle stolen, dozens of homes were destroyed, humanitarian workers were forced to flee, feeding centres and warehouses belonging to aid groups and NGO bases were looted and vital food parcels taken.

The civil war in South Sudan left over 380,000 people dead and millions displaced. Uganda hosts about one million South Sudanese refugees, who fled the horrific violence, and now subsist in challenging circumstances.

INcontext’s contacts in two of these refugee settlements have, this past week, shared prayer requests from the hearts of the people. While the world focuses on battling COVID-19, the refugees have experienced funding cuts along with drastic food rationing. This has resulted in a reduction in the number of meals, with some only having one meal a day.  Starvation and malnutrition are becoming a stark reality.

Please join with us in praying for South Sudan and for the South Sudanese refugees living in Uganda.

“God often reinforces our faith after we trust Him, not before.” (Ravi Zacharias)