For years, South Sudan has struggled with the instability brought on by conflict. Displacement, lack of access to education, sexual gender-based violence, inflation—the list goes on. On top of that, in February 2017, the United Nations announced a famine in South Sudan. One affecting upwards of 50% of the population, including a million children.

This isn’t your ‘average’ famine. Normally, a famine would be the result of nature—a destructive hurricane, floods, drought, wildfires…but not this time. This time, we’re talking about a famine caused by war. This time, it was a ‘manmade’ famine. And in many ways, that’s so much worse. Because this time, it was avoidable.

South Sudan’s famine is a perfect example of one of the side effects of conflict. Since its independence in 2011, South Sudan has suffered from militant groups terrorizing citizens. All South Sudanese civilians have been doing is fleeing violence. And when you’re literally running for your life, who can plant crops on time and keep track of livestock?

Thankfully, when we asked for your help, you listened. You cared. You acted. Thanks to the generous response of our supporters earlier this year, we were able to help local communities in South Sudan tackle this latest challenge of food insecurity.

“Canadians have once again demonstrated incredible generosity and compassion for the most vulnerable people abroad. We will work with trusted partners on the ground who are making a meaningful difference in providing millions of people with the help they urgently need.”

– Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

We put your donations to work right away by distributing seeds and farming tools to hundreds of women and men in need. Farmers were (finally!) able to plant high quality crops on time. With your help, we provided communities with the tools they need to plant, cultivate, and harvest the right crops, helping them to avert famine.

The support we received from our donors does so much more than feed people. It gives women and men in South Sudan the opportunity to be in control of their own futures. It ensures families have enough food to feed their children—which means more kids stay in school and out of the workforce. And thanks to you, hundreds of people in South Sudan will start to harvest crops in a few short weeks. These crops will feed thousands of people.

Even though the famine has been ‘downgraded’, we’re a long way from the goal-post when it comes to reversing the effects of this year’s famine. War Child will stay on the ground in South Sudan and continue to work with the most vulnerable communities. We want to make sure that long term solutions are in place.

If you want to be a peacemaker and like us, you’re in it for the long haul, consider making a donation to War Child to help us bring justice, education and opportunity to countries like South Sudan.

Very soon, South Sudanese farmers will know the fruits of their labour. Thank you for helping them plant the seeds.