Farmer Mary Ngok, 31, receives sorghum, oil and lentils in exchange for road construction work completed as part of the Catholic Relief Services-led Jonglei Food Security Program, in Jonglei, South Sudan. Photo by Sara A. Fajardo/CRS

Farmer Mary Ngok, 31, receives sorghum, oil and lentils in exchange for road construction work completed as part of the Catholic Relief Services-led Jonglei Food Security Program, in Jonglei, South Sudan. Photo by Sara A. Fajardo/CRS

Ongoing violence in South Sudan’s Jongeli State has forced an estimated 100,000 people from their homes into the bush.  The recent clashes include inter-communal violence between Lou Nuer and Murle people.

Those who have fled the fighting  and are living in the wilderness have no food, clean water or healthcare. Aid agencies are struggling to reach them due to the fighting and heavy rains that make the roads inaccessible.

Caritas is working with the UN’s WFP to distribute food to those displaced and effected by the violence in the Pibor area in Jonglei. Caritas South Sudan has been mobilising diocesan staff and parish volunteers to support the humanitarian response in Jongeli State.

Caritas member Catholic Relief Services is also supporting the intervention.

Caritas South Sudan said, “A big thank you to the parish volunteers from Archdiocese of Juba and the Dioceses of Tombura-Yambio and Wau. In an act of true solidarity, they are travelling to Jongeli to help their fellow South Sudanese.”

Time is running out to reach those in need as the rainy season is fast approaching, making roads impassable for aid convoys.