In South Sudan, people face many challenges to their safety and security on a daily basis, from land disputes and scarcity of resources to political violence.
The country became an independent nation state in July 2011, after being granted its freedom from the larger, northern part of Sudan. It has a population of 8 million covering an area the size of Spain and Portugal. English is the official language of government, trade and education.
South Sudan is one of the most fragile countries in the world and one of the poorest. It has significant illiteracy, very minimal health care, education provision, or roads. There are no postal services, electricity, banking systems or public transport in most parts of the country. It is estimated that 80% of the population survive by subsistence farming, but there are few facilities for storing food, resulting in people going hungry during the dry season.
- South Sudan is the world’s youngest nation and the country has lived through 50 years of war
- 73% of the population is illiterate
- It has the lowest uptake of secondary school education and the second lowest uptake of primary education in the world and less than 1 in 10 girls starting primary school complete their education
- 1 in 7 women die because of a child birth related issue
- Many of the best people from South Sudan currently leave to work in neighbouring countries
- There is only one doctor per 100,000 people with 83% of all primary health care delivered by NGOs
- How we can help
The church plays a significant and crucial role in influencing government and leaders as well as helping people survive the ravages of the civil war. The government and the people now rely on the church to provide structure and stability and will need their expertise and support in the massive task they all face in rebuilding their nation.
CRESS’ relationship with the Diocese of Kajo Keji is therefore central to being able to make a difference on the ground in South Sudan. The church helps to target and deliver effective measures to build lives and secure a sustainable future.