Belfast Telegraph

Presbyterian church in appeal for famine-hit South Sudan

By Alf McCreary

Presbyterians have been urged to help the people of South Sudan, where they are currently experiencing the worst famine the world has seen in more than three decades.

Moderator Dr Michael Barry said that while the crisis has not been widely covered in the media due to the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East, “a humanitarian crisis on an even greater scale is unfolding in South Sudan”.

“The UN Security Council has identified the food crisis there as the worst in the world, with four million people needing emergency food aid, water and medical treatment,” he said.

The famine is affecting more than a million members of the Presbyterian Church in South Sudan, whose own moderator, Rev Peter Gai Lual, told the Irish Presbyterian General Assembly in June harrowing stories of hardship and hunger and a deteriorating security situation.

The church here has already sent £50,000 to help the work of Christian Aid, Tearfund and the relief work of the local Presbyterian Church in South Sudan.

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