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In America we are celebrating our freedom.
We’ve never known war to breach our boarders and come into the midst of our cities and homes in our lifetime. I am currently seeking a new home for my family, nothing too fancy, just the usual, a bedroom for each family member, a clean kitchen and floors, running water and toilets,… the typical American dream.
July 9th, 2016 is the 5th birthday of South Sudan.
The world’s youngest country – it’s founding was a moment of hope. The hope turned to despair in 2013 as armed conflict broke out. A 5-year-old child in South Sudan would have been born into peace, but would have no memory of anything but war.
In June a CARE staff member interviewed 5-year-old girls around South Sudan to find the people behind the stats. It’s not really fathomable to think over half a country have lost their homes and are impoverished and suffer from malnutrition. It’s true, but hard to wrap your head around. These are real people, not statistics. With CARE I am introducing you to just one of them.
A five-year-old should be playing with her friends, coloring, dancing, not working and going hungry because of a war which has been going on for her entire life. My own 5 year old spent today hiking with family, then watched a favorite movie, dancing during all the musical parts, in a clean house with plenty to eat and drink and way too many toys all her own.
This is Zeieya
She is also 5 years old and spends her day gathering firewood for money, caring for her family’s goat, and hauling buckets of water just to survive. Her home burned down when war came to her town in 2014. Her family can not afford to send her to school. She has no toys, nor does she have clean drinking water or get enough to eat.
2.8 million people in South Sudan are in urgent need of food assistance. Zeieya is just one of them. A child, just like mine.
Here I am looking for what I consider a typical home. Zeieya has only a dirt floor, no running water, no refrigerator stocked full of food. And there are many, many more like her. They are not statistics, these are real people. Real kids, no different from your own.
You can help!
CARE helped more than 300,000 people in South Sudan, but international funding is only a ¼ of what is needed to help South Sudan recover.
For South Sudan’s 5th birthday, give its children a better future. Our children are our future and it starts with health and nutrition.
- $150 can provide full nutritional support for a malnourished child.
- $84 provides 3 months of emergency meals.
- Just $41 gives 2 weeks of clean water
*images courtesy of CARE photographers