“There is a family on the ward at the moment who break my heart. The father was killed in the war recently, the mother gave birth to a premature baby last week and died in the night before I arrived (I don't know the whole story, but she was jaundiced and had a bad infection). They left a ten-year-old girl, and an eight-year-old boy to look after this premature baby boy.The eight-year-old boy came to clinic today complaining of a headache and tummy upset. Too bad you can't prescribe the thing that he needs most -- a mother.
March 15, 2014: Journal Entry from Katie Stone, nurse in Old Fangak, South Sudan
Since fighting broke out in December, nearly one million people have been displaced from their homes in South Sudan.The Crisis in Old Fangak grows as refugees from the civil war continue to pour into the already over-burdened village.
According to a recent New York Times editorial, “a staggering 3.7 million people, roughly one-third of the population, are facing starvation in South Sudan where a civil war has created a humanitarian catastrophe. But many countries have ignored or given short shrift to the United Nations’ urgent appeal for aid.” Read the full article here: South Sudan Cannot Starve
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I haven't been writing much about life in the village. The population has doubled in recent months as a result of the war. There are so many internally displaced people (IDPs). There is always a shortage of food here, but especially now with so many more people. What to do?
March 19, 2014: Journal Entry from Katie Stone, nurse in Old Fangak, South Sudan
On April 3rd, Dr. Jill Seaman confirmed that the first shipment of Plumpy’Nut® is in route to Old Fangak! Thanks to your support, Stop Hunger Now expedited the purchase of an emergency shipment of Plumpy’Nut® from Kenya. A fortified, peanut-based paste used to help treat severe acute malnutrition in children, Plumpy’Nut® has a two-year shelf-life and requires no water, preparation, or refrigeration and is frequently used as a therapeutic treatment for emergency malnutrition cases.
We appreciate the assistance of Marina and Bill Shaw with the South Sudan Medical Relief Project of the Crosscurrents International Institute for helping to coordinate the shipment of this critically needed food supplement.
More help is needed. Stop Hunger Now is coordinating the purchase of an additional shipment of Plumpy’Nut® and a container of Stop Hunger Now meals.
Help Stop Hunger Now keep giving hope to the village of Old Fangak.
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