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. See our earlier report on the unfolding situation in Kajo-keji

March 2017

Dear Friends

We, the current and former Archbishops of Sydney, are jointly calling for your help to respond to two major humanitarian crises unfolding in parts of East Africa.

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, Rev Elly Kajaminyo who is known to many in Australia from previous visits. 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.

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.

Would you help Anglican Aid provide emergency relief to these two worsening situations where our Christian brothers and sisters are seeking to triage the situation and provide leadership to meet this desperate human need?

 

Please help these victims of violence and famine by making a generous tax deductible donation through The Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid’s Victims of Violence and Famine Appeal.

 

The Most Rev Dr Glenn Davies                                            The Rt Rev R. H. (Harry) Goodhew

Archbishop of Sydney                                                         Archbishop of Sydney 1993–2001

 

The Rt Rev Dr Peter Jensen                                                 The Rt Rev Donald Robinson

Archbishop of Sydney 2001–2013                                        Archbishop of Sydney 1982–1993

 

Gifts to the East African Humanitarian Crises Appeal will go to provide food and water to drought-stricken communities in northern Kenya. Funds will also go to support South Sudanese refugees living in camps in Moyo, northern Uganda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Sudanese refugees in Northern Uganda (Photo: Diocese of Kajo-keji)

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