MAF assists in major South Sudan evacuation

MAF assists in major South Sudan evacuation

As instability escalates in South Sudan, MAF aircraft evacuate remote mission and NGO staff

Updated 3 Janaury 2014

As conflict escalates in South Sudan, MAF aircraft evacuate remote mission and NGO staff.

The security situation in South Sudan has deteriorated significantly since mid December.

Ethnic and political divisions have erupted into violence in many parts of the country, causing an estimated 100,000+ people to flee for their safety. More than 1,000 people have been killed in the unrest.

The situation in Juba, South Sudan’s capital, remains tense.

The leadership of MAF International have put pre-prepared crisis plans into action and on 21 December evacuated the international staff who serve in the country to neighbouring Kenya.

While several Western nations have also provided flights from Juba to collect their citizens who are seeking to leave the country, many NGO staff remain in isolated locations across South Sudan.

MAF is committed to helping those partners who are asking for assistance to evacuate their personnel from more remote destinations, and are responding to requests from neighbouring Uganda and Kenya.

While peace talks between the government and rebel sides have now opened in Ethiopia, the unrest continues.

MAF’s Crisis Management Team is continuing to monitor the situation and developments on the ground closely and seek to get a better understanding of flight needs from our partners in the short- and long-term.

How you can pray

  • Pray for peace and stability to quickly return to South Sudan. The country’s citizens have already experienced decades of violence during the conflict for independence from Sudan.
  • Ask God to assist MAF pilots and operations staff as they assist many partners in an incredibly dynamic security situation.
  • Pray for the displaced families who have been separated from each other during the conflict.
  • Pray for the safety of partners still on the ground helping those in need.