Monitoring the Polar Vortex
As record-breaking cold makes its way across North America, Week of Compassion staff have been in touch with Regional Offices to assess needs among our congregations and the communities they serve. At this point, nothing has been reported. If there are needs in your congregation related to the Polar Vortex, please be in touch with your Regional Office or the Week of Compassion staff and we will respond.
Conflict in South Sudan
Over the past few months there has been tension within the South Sudan ruling party, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM). In July last year, President Salva Kiir reorganized his entire cabinet including the dismissal of his Vice President, Riek Machar. On the evening of 15 December 2013, violence erupted in Juba amongst the military and this has led to the current hostilities between the "rebels" and SPLM. The circumstances around the violence starting are still unclear, but most reports indicate that what started out as a political crisis has now mutated into an ethnic-based conflict.
Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya all anticipate an influx of more than 20,000 refugees per country should the conflict escalate. Through our partners in the ACT Alliance, Week of Compassion stands ready to provide assistance and shelter to all those, including many women and children, who are displaced by violence. As more details emerge, we will keep you informed.
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Glory to the God who wages peace where there is conflict, and hope where there is none!