JRS responds to the Sudan crisis

January 2, 2024 in Featured News, News

As we enter a new year, wars are still raging around the globe and Sudan is no exception. Since the outbreak of war in Sudan in April 2023 the Jesuit Refugee Services have been working on the ground there, coordinating emergency responses at border crossing points in Chad and South Sudan.

Irishman Shane Burke is part of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) team coordinating this response. Shane describes the situation from Sudan in the video above, posted by Irish Jesuits International.

Shane says as clashes between the Sudanese military and paramilitary forces continue, hundreds of people have lost their lives and thousands continue to cross into neighboring countries in search of safety for themselves and their families, the majority of whom are women and children.

Shane and his team now face growing challenges to manage and integrate refugees into camps in Maban and provide relief and safety for those in Renk, a transit zone, at the South Sudanese border.

The JRS are providing immediate aid to refugees such as food, water, psychosocial support and non-food items such as mosquito nets, plastic coverings, and sanitary and hygiene materials. Large numbers continue to arrive daily in their thousands, with the majority being children.

Shane hopes that Ireland does not make the Sudan war an ignored crisis.

Further information can be found in the articles below posted by Irish Jesuits International.