Impact of aid cuts in southern Sudan

Impact of aid cuts in southern Sudan

In Sudan, we have been helping to improve education and access to water, as well as helping people grow food and earn a living. Now, due to the aid cuts, we no longer have the resources to continue much of this important work.

This is serious, as many people in southern Sudan are in dire need of our help. For instance, there are areas in the south experiencing severe food shortages, resulting in alarmingly high rates of malnutrition.

Aftermath of the war

Sudan’s civil war left two million people dead and a further 6.5 million displaced. When the war finally ended in 2005, people began returning to their homes for the first time in decades.

Families returning home

Many of these families can’t earn a living in their new homes without our assistance. So, Concern has been helping them set up home and get back to farming.

Due to the aid cuts, however, we have had to curtail some of this work. This year, the number of people we can help has been reduced by 900 families.

Cuts to education

We have also been forced to cancel our plans to build three new schools. This means that approximately 700 children will be denied access to education.

Furthermore, we have had to cut back our work in improving the quality of education and teacher training. This will lead to poorer quality education for those that do attend school.

Clean water

Access to clean water is a huge problem in Sudan. We have been involved in digging wells and drilling boreholes in the region. This year, five new wells and water systems will not be built. As a result, 7,500 families (over 40,000 people) will be deprive of access to clean water.