Victims of Violence and Famine in East Africa Appeal Launched

Anglican Aid has launched the Victims of Violence and Famine in East Africa Appeal for people in South Sudan who have moved to Uganda and people of the Marsabit Diocese in Northern Kenya. The appeal is co-signed by the current and former Archbishops of Sydney, the Most Rev Dr Glenn Davies, the Rt Rev Dr Peter Jensen, the Rt Rev R.H. Goodhew, and the Rt Rev. Donald Robinson.

The Archbishops have issued a joint letter asking people to give generously to alleviate the suffering of drought-affected communities in northern Kenya, and to provide support services to South Sudanese refugees who have been forced to flee violence in the Kajo-keji County into northern Uganda.

In the north of Kenya a severe drought has devastated many regions resulting in people experiencing acute famine conditions. The Bishop of Marsabit, the Rt Rev Qampicha Wario reports that the worsening drought situation is leading to the loss of both human and animal life in the nomadic communities of the region. “Livestock is their main source of livelihood. Now their livestock is dying, their survival is at stake.” Into this situation CMS missionaries, Norm and Janelle Gorrie will soon arrive, and they have also appealed for our help to relieve the suffering and anxiety.

One of the few relatively stable regions of South Sudan, where Anglican Aid has been supporting vital medical, food security and clergy training, has erupted and descended into violence with hundreds of thousands of frightened families and civilians fleeing for safety across the border into the north of Uganda.

The town of Kajo-keji has been left empty and the Anglican Diocese of Kajo-keji, the bishop and staff have all fled to Moyo in northern Uganda. A diocesan office in exile is being established with the blessing of Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, Anglican Primate in Uganda. The church in exile will coordinate pastoral, spiritual, psychological and practical support for its members and others who have fled. Anglican Aid, from its emergency fund, is supporting the costs of the office over two years.

A detailed report on the South Sudan situation was provided by the diocesan development officer. There are high levels of trauma and tribal animosity. Archbishop Ntagali is pleading for assistance to provide emergency food and water rations as well as medical aid and trauma counseling. Please help.

Your support will provide the following:

  1. $150 will provide 50 kgs of maize to feed a family for one month
  2. $30 will provide legumes as protein for one family to help avoid malnutrition
  3. $5 will buy medication to treat people who have malaria
  4. $2 will provide deworming for one individual

Direct Deposit donations can be made to our bank account BSB 032078, Account Number 253493, Account Name: Anglican Aid. Please place your name and the name of the project you would like to donate to in the reference line. Please email the office with details of your donation at enquiries@anglicanaid.org.au. Cheques can be posted to – PO Box Q190, QVB Post Office, 1230, NSW.

Donations to this project will be used for this project only.

ABN 28 525 237 517

Photograph from The Guardian tells about Ugandan mother Ochgoro Somra and her children – Farida, four, left, Siragi, two, Mondoro Farida, four, and Shahid, three – who lived in Bidi Bidi before it filled up with arrivals from South Sudan. ‘The refugees are innocent civilians coming to us for protection from the insecurity in their own country. I am glad Uganda can welcome them here,’ Somra says. ‘Initially, we were here more or less alone. Now we have been surrounded by South Sudanese refugees. The children have made new friends. They even start picking up some words in South Sudanese languages’

  • Pray that the various ethic groups in Northen Uganda would put away animosity and focus on reconciliation
  • Pray for rain to break the drought in Kenya. In addition pray for rain in other countries such as Ethiopia and Somalia.
  • Pray for Bishop Qampich of Marsabit as he seeks to assist his diocese at this time.
  • Pray for the Diocese of Kajo Keji - the church in exile as they minister to traumatised people