In July 2009, attacks by Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army forced hundreds of families to flee their homes along the Southern Sudan border with Central Africa Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo. World Vision responded to the crisis by providing food and other essential items to refugees and internally displaced people in Southern Sudan.
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Attacks by Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in July 2009 have forced hundreds of families to flee their homes along the South Sudan border with Central Africa Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in the hope of finding refuge from the looting, abductions adn violence caused by the LRA.
Over 73,000 people were displaced from their homes by LRA related activities in Eastern DRC, CAR and Southern Sudan in 2009, according to United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). The LRA are reported to have killed an estimated 170 people and abducted more than 107 people, including women and children.
World Vision’s response
World Vision distributed food and other relief essentials to the refugees and internally displaced persons in Southern Sudan. Water, sanitation and livelihood programs in Ezo, Southern Sudan were also implemented.
World Vision also worked with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to address the needs of refugee and displaced persons through the provision of food and other relief essentials in various settlement areas in Southern Sudan.