The people of South Sudan are hungry. They are thirsty and severely malnourished.

The first famine in six years has been declared in South Sudan – a truly horrific situation. Before the United Nations declared a famine in South Sudan, three criteria had to be met: at least 20-percent of households in an area face extreme food shortages with a limited ability to cope; acute malnutrition rates exceed 30-percent; and the death rate exceeds two persons per day per 10,000 persons.

Men, women, and children are on the brink of starvation. Nearly 4.9 million people are in urgent need of food and nutrition assistance. Ongoing war and drought make receiving food difficult and dangerous. Yet our missionaries are not leaving. They are determined to stay with their people.

But they need our help. That is why the General Council of the Comboni Missionaries has sent €20,000 (approximately $21,000 USD) to its South Sudan Province and has asked all provinces to make a substantial contribution. The North American Province has pledged to match that amount. The money will be used to help those in most dire need of assistance – food, medicine, water, etc.

If you are able, please consider a donation to help our missionaries in South Sudan as they minister to the needs of the people there. At least 100,000 people are in imminent danger of death by starvation. That is heartbreaking.

Besides monetary donations, our brothers and sisters in South Sudan need our prayers. Say a rosary for them on your drive home from work. Fast for a day, offering your prayers for the hungry and thirsty around the world.

Thank you so much for your kindness. It is friends and supporters like you that make our work possible.