FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 04, 2017
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Hunger Strikes New Heights in South Sudan
ADAM stands-up to seek help for the starving families
The African Diaspora Association of the Maritimes (ADAM) are deeply disturbed by the ongoing violence and subsequent suffering of civilians in South Sudan as a result of the long standing conflict in that country. This hits home for us as Africans in the diaspora especially because some of our community members have families caught up in this humanitarian crisis. To this end, we thank the Canadian government for their current humanitarian support and call on the government to do more to help the many displaced South Sudanese people entangled in the conflict.
The conflict in South Sudan has left as many as 300,000 people dead and displaced more than 3.5 million - around one-quarter of the population. Consequently, nearly three-quarters of primary school-aged children in the world’s newest nation are being denied an education due to the civil war and food crisis.
Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, chief executive of Plan International, said children in South Sudan are facing a “triple tragedy” due to a brutal conflict, famine and the denial of their right to an education. She added that thousands of children - mostly girls - are kept out of school to do housework or help their families search for food. "More than 40% of South Sudan's population - 4.9 million people - do not have enough food to eat."
The situation is so grisly that it has led the United Nations (UN) to use the word famine for the first time since 2011. Records show, that for the UN to officially declare a “famine,” a population must reach certain death rate, malnutrition and food shortage thresholds. In this case, a formal famine declaration means people have already started dying of hunger in untold numbers. That is what is happening in the world’s youngest country, South Sudan, right now.
It is against this background that the African Diaspora Association of the Maritimes (ADAM) is calling on Nova Scotians and all Canadians to help South Sudanese women and children caught up in this conflict. We plead with all benevolent groups and individuals to join ADAM with your donations and support. We appeal to all Maritimers to show love and support to these innocent families.
Chairman of ADAM Board of Directors