As bombs fall, Christian relief organization helping refugees who are
fleeing northern violence
CALGARY, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - Samaritan's Purse is responding to a
rapidly growing flow of refugees fleeing persecution in Sudan and
congregating in a remote area of South Sudan, close to the volatile
border. At least 300 new refugees are arriving each day at the camp, in
a village called Yida.
While Samaritan's Purse employees were trying to help the South Sudanese
on Thursday, four bombs fell on or around the camp at 3:30 p.m. local
time. No deaths were reported, and all Samaritan's Purse staff were
accounted for. South Sudan is accusing its northern neighbor of
conducting the bombing raid.
South Sudan became an independent nation last summer after two decades
of civil war between the north and south. Despite a peace treaty, there
have been several violent outbreaks, including some in which people in
the north deemed to be aligned to the south were attacked and driven
Many of the refugees in Yida say they were victims of violence before
escaping Sudan. Most are arriving in the camp with nothing but the
clothes they are wearing. Samaritan's Purse is providing food
(including special nutrition supplements for children), water, medical
care, and other basic needs. Few other organizations are in the area
because all roads were washed out during the recent rainy season.
"We are asking people to join us in helping the growing number of
victims in this terrible situation," said Fred Weiss, executive
director of Samaritan's Purse Canada. "Donations by caring Canadians
will enable us to meet the basic needs of these unfortunate people on
the run. Without immediate action, this already very urgent situation
has the potential to turn into a significant humanitarian disaster."
Before Thursday's bombing, Samaritan's Purse was preparing to fly in
drilling equipment to drill several water wells. The Calgary-based
organization is determining when it will be safe to continue with this
"We ask Canadians to pray for everyone suffering in the camps, and for
peace in the region," Weiss said.
To support this emergency relief work, call 1.800.663.6500 or visit www.samaritanspurse.ca.
About Samaritan's Purse Canada
Samaritan's Purse Canada is an international Christian relief and
development organization working in about 70 countries to provide aid
to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution.
The Calgary-based charity also operates the well-known Operation
Christmas Child program that sends gift-filled shoe boxes to needy
children around the world each year, and the Turn on the Tap initiative
that raises funds for life-saving BioSand Water Filters in the
developing world. Go to www.samaritanspurse.ca for more information.
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