Unhealthy Conditions Await Refugees Escaping Violence in Sudan

Target: Mr. Tadateru Konoé, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Goal: Support the efforts of international aid agencies by providing aid to the current refugee situation in South Sudan.

Violence in Sudan has led to a worrying health situation at South Sudan refugee camps. The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that South Sudan is already home to approximately 170,000 Sudanese refugees. And this number continues to grow as more and more refugees arrive from border regions, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

But as they flee from chaos, what awaits them on the other side is much of the same. Unhealthy conditions in the camps are proving to be as dangerous as where they are coming from–especially for the thousands of children that make up a substantial amount of this growing population within the camps. Beginning in late June and early July, when health officials saw a considerable jump in the child fatality rate, efforts to alleviate these health concerns were strengthened.

However, children continue to die every day from malnutrition, diarrhea, and infections. The international aid agency Doctors Without Borders estimates that, on average, five children die a day. And in areas like Jaman, the rate is even higher with an estimated eight deaths a day. “The number of children dying in Yida camp is appalling and the 1,200 children with severe acute malnutrition in MSF [Doctors Without Borders]’s feeding programme in Batil camp is just the tip of the iceberg,” explained André Heller-Pérache, who is heading the mission in the area on behalf of the organization.

With the UNHCR being stretched for resources, it is clear that additional help is needed to help all those that most desperately need it. “This is a race against time basically,” said Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UNHCR. “People are coming across in absolutely horrendous, fragile conditions. They are extremely vulnerable and when the conditions are not fantastic when they cross the border in a place where there is huge flooding and where food can only be airlifted in. It is probably one of the most challenging operations for humanitarian aid workers including UNHCR that we have experienced.” Sign the petition to encourage the Red Cross to join Doctors Without Borders in their fight to improve health conditions in Sudanese refugee camps.


Dear Mr. Konoé,

Sudanese refugees fleeing violence in their home country are dealt another hard blow at refugee camps across their southern border. Unhealthy conditions and malnutrition await families seeking a better life, but even here they are unable to escape the rough times. Overcrowded camps already under stress are unable to give the aid that is necessary for the survival of many, and those that often suffer the most are the children.

Already it is estimated that five children are dying each and every day due to malnutrition, disease, and lack of sufficient health care. Supplies, too, are hard to come by even as aid agencies like Doctors Without Borders fight to do their best. But they cannot do it alone. With the situation only becoming worse, it is clear that additional outside help is needed.

That is where you come in. By supplying this region with the necessary aid, the crisis taking place in South Sudan can hope to lessen. I urge the IFRC to join Doctors Without Borders and support the refugees in South Sudan.


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