South Sudan is a land of expansive grassland, swamps and tropical rain forest straddling both banks of the White Nile.
It is highly diverse ethnically and linguistically, and among the largest ethnic groups are the Dinka, Nuer and Shilluk. The official language is English and there are over 60 indigenous languages.
MAF has served the people of South Sudan since 1950, though we were forced to leave in 1964 when civil war broke out. We resumed in 1977 for a further 6 years. Since 1983, flying into South Sudan has continued from Kenya and Uganda, and we now have a programme in the capital Juba.
After several decades of civil war, South Sudan became the world’s newest nation on 9 July 2011, when more than 3.8 million South Sudanese voted to separate from the north in an historic referendum.
More than two million people died in two civil wars that preceded independence. Today, South Sudan is once again in turmoil.
Continuing border disputes with neighbouring Sudan and internal struggles within the government have resulted once again in conflict and upheaval for war-weary citizens.
The unfolding humanitarian crisis has left 4.6 million people facing severe food insecurity, unable to plant or harvest crops.
Though rich in oil, South Sudan has one of the world’s most undeveloped economies.
In the face of overwhelming need, MAF is enabling over 100 partners to treat patients, assist refugees, spread the Gospel, disciple believers, aid redevelopment, and provide education, healthcare, food, clean water and essential supplies.
We also provide emergency evacuations when violence erupts.
WIth famine declared in parts of South Sudan, MAF remains committed to support aid agencies with relief flights wherever the need exists. We regularly fly humanitarian partners in the worst-affected northern Unity state in addition to food, medicine and other aid to refugee camps on the northern border and to the growing camps in neighbouring Uganda.
MAF uses planes to transform the lives of the world’s most isolated people, bringing help and hope to those in need. South Sudan is just one of the 26 countries in which we work. To find out more about our inspirational work sign up to receive our free enews, quarterly magazine and prayer diary today.