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ACF Prepares for South Sudan's Independence

As I am sure you well-informed folks know, the southern area of Sudan will become an independent nation by the end of this week. This is a big and exciting change for the people of this African nation. While the prospect of independence offers hope to many Sudanese, the change is not without problems.

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For more than twenty years, Action Against Hunger has worked with vulnerable populations in Sudan’s South, responding to the region’s high malnutrition rates, lack of clean water, and chronic food insecurity. After claiming independence in 2011, the Republic of South Sudan faced both emergency situations and long-term development challenges. 

Humanitarians Brace for Broader Crisis as Rising Tensions Displace Tens of Thousands in Southern Sudan

ABYEI, SOUTHERN SUDAN—Tensions have risen steadily in Sudan as the date for southern independence draws near, but recent developments suggest a new level of insecurity along disputed sections of the border , displacing tens of thousands in the region and threatening to set off a broader humanitarian crisis. While the situation remains fluid, an estimated 110,000 people have already fled their homes in and around Abyei, relocating in neighboring Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Unity, and Warrap State.

ACF Provides Humanitarian Assistance to Thousands Returning to Southern Sudan during Referendum

JUBA, SOUTHERN SUDAN—Global humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International is responding to the basic needs of nearly 35,000 people relocating to southern Sudan in the period surrounding the historic vote for independence from January 9-15, 2011. Southern Sudan has experienced an influx of nearly 200,000 people over the last several weeks, with thousands more expected to arrive in the coming weeks and months.

Price of freedom: S.Sudan sees food costs rise

"Onno Van Manen, the country director of Action Against Hunger, said a 'reasonable' harvest this year of wheat and sorghum has lessened the severity of a potential food crisis, but he noted the rise in prices. 'It's too early to say, but with the population increasing in size...we anticipate that we may have to respond to an increased caseload,' said Van Manen."

Sudanese Families Returning Home After Years Get Help to Restart Their Lives

When Ahok Dut Deng was 20 years old, she, like many other southern Sudanese living in the Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, was forced to flee to the north. Straddling northern and southern Sudan, Northern Bahr el Ghazal state suffered considerable violence during the 20 year civil war that displaced four million people.

“There were many reasons to leave,” says Ahok. “The hunger was severe, there was no food, and planes were bombing the area, so there was nowhere safe to stay.”

ACF Introduces Fuel-Efficient Stoves to Communities in Southern Sudan

Ngong Tunc Malok’s home feels eerie and deserted; the still smouldering ashes bear witness to the devastating fire that robbed the family of its livelihood just one day earlier.

Entrepreneur Gets Cash Grant from ACF to Jumpstart Small Business

Alor Dhel Kuol is a perfect example of how Action Against Hunger is helping transform lives in southern Sudan with small cash grants and basic business training.

This energetic grandmother has truly managed to turn her life around with a $140 cash grant from ACF, which has benefited not just her, but her entire family.

Woman Gets New Lease on Life after Fire Destroys Her Business

Four years ago Adut Mawien Dut’s business burned to the ground in a fire that also destroyed other small businesses in the Malualkon Market. Everything in her modest teashop was lost--tables, chairs, cups, kettles and jerry cans.

"I needed 350 Sudanese Pounds ($138) to set up another shop," says Adut. "But I was never able to save any money from my first shop, as everything was spent on school fees, food, clothes and medicine. So there was nothing I could do."

Food plant sits idle as millions of children face starvation

"There are millions of children in Niger, Chad, Guatemala, Haiti, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and so many other countries in desperate need of this food. Without proper nutrients, small children suffer physical and mental damage leading to a lifetime of suffering or death. The World Food Programme, Action Against Hunger and other agencies do not have the cash to buy the food that would save these children."

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About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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