Magazine article Anglican Journal

Helping Keep Them Alive

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Helping Keep Them Alive

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BY MID-2014 over a million South Sudanese people had fled their homes to escape the violence that was wracking the world's newest country. PWRDF, with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and with funding from the Government of Canada, worked in the region of Mundri, South Sudan, where thousands of those fleeing settled. The project provided food to help families survive while they grew crops or started other jobs to buy food for their families.

19 year-old Alice Sura fled from Malakal with eight children, settling for a time in Mundri. Hers is one of hundreds of families supported by PWRDF in the Mundri area. Here is her story:

I am from Malakal, and when the fighting reached there it turned
violent very quickly. I saw people being shot in the streets. My
neighbour who hid with me was killed, and I watched her die. As soon as
I could, I walked to the United Nations camp, taking my two children
and the six children of my sister. After two days in the camp, the U.N.
flew us to Juba. There we found a truck that was going to Mundri and
got a ride. We came here because I have family here, and there was no
war here.

My cousins here have all helped us. But I've also gone to the bush to
gather wood and made charcoal that I sell in the market. … 
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