Imagine for a moment what it would be like if the US government chose to attack some of its own citizens with aerial bombings, ground raids and starvation because they were Christians. Then they chose to intercept all forms of humanitarian aid to those same people.
What if you were one of those citizens and you were forced from your home and had to flee to another state with no money and nothing but the clothes on your back? How would you provide for your family? What would you eat? Where would you live?
This situation is a reality for over 190,000 Sudanese refugees who have been forced to flee from their homes for their own safety and the safety of their families. 190,000 refugees is more than the entire population of Dayton, Ohio, or
Knoxville, TN or Charleston, SC having to flee to a neighboring state to
give their families a chance for survival. A chance to not be killed by soldiers
or bombs. A chance to find food and water.
190,000 men, women and children who had to leave everything behind and are trying to find food, water and shelter where there is nothing. When these families flee they're heading into desert land and mountains with no food and supplies for the journey. Many of them make it to the refugee camps in desperate need of food, water and medical care.
Samaritan's Purse works with partners within the refugee camps to be the hands and feet of Jesus to provide food, water and medical care for the Sudanese people.
Many of the children arrive in the camp weak and malnourished from the long demanding journey. Their little bodies show the signs of hunger and lack of water. They receive special attention and care from the medical staff to help them regain their strength and health.
One of the most difficult things about a refugee camp is having access to clean water and ensuring good hygiene to prevent sickness from spreading through the camp. Samaritan's Purse is providing the majority of the water for the refugee camp at Yida. In August alone, they produced over 13 million liters of water, built 173 latrines and trained 1,900 people on the techniques and importance of good hygiene.
It's not a new project for Samaritan's Purse to be providing humanitarian relief in this part of the world. They've actually been working in Sudan since 1993. They have built relationships with the local people as well as with other relief organizations. They began working with the people in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan areas in 1998 and conducted extensive humanitarian efforts until 2011. Then in June of 2011, the Sudanese government cut off all access for humanitarian aid to reach these people.
In 2012, Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham called on international leaders to take strong action against the atrocities being brought upon the Sudanese people. "“The United States government and our allies need to increase the pressure and force a regime change to allow an opportunity for peace. Until then, I remain committed to meeting critical needs of those who are fleeing for their lives into South Sudan.”
Franklin continues to uphold his commitment to the Sudanese people and has continued to supply life giving resources to the refugees while our own government ignores the problem and the Sudanese government continues to slaughter its own people.
You can be a part of giving life and freedom to the people of Sudan. You can start by praying for the violence to stop and for comprehensive peace for all of Sudan. Pray for new government leaders to step up and speak up for the people of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.
Then give as God calls to help meet the needs of displaced people living in South Sudan. It's as easy as clicking here to help provide food and clean water to 190,000 displaced people.
Finally share this blog to spread the word and raise awareness of the problem and encourage others to get involved. Together we can make a difference for our Christian brothers and sisters in Sudan.
To learn more about Samaritan's Purse go to www.samaritanspurse.org