South Sudanese families in Sioux Falls rally for UN aid to Ethiopia refugee camps

FILE - An Ethiopian woman scoops up portions of wheat to be allocated to each waiting family...
FILE - An Ethiopian woman scoops up portions of wheat to be allocated to each waiting family after it was distributed by the Relief Society of Tigray in the town of Agula, in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia on May 8, 2021. The United States aid agency USAID said Thursday, June 8, 2023, that it has suspended all food assistance to the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray "until further notice" while it investigates the theft of humanitarian supplies.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
Published: Sep. 21, 2023 at 11:03 AM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - South Sudanese families residing in Sioux Falls are calling on the United Nations to resume food rations for refugee camps in Western Ethiopia.

David Jal, a local resident who immigrated from South Sudan, said that since food distribution from the UN ceased in Ethiopia five months ago, the risk of starvation within refugees has increased.

“Having experienced the plight of my fellow South Sudanese who have sought refuge in these camps, I implore the United Nations, the host government of Ethiopia, and the Prime Ministry of Ethiopia to intervene without delay,” said Jal. “These refugees, who have already endured so much suffering, now face the cruel prospect of starvation.”

According to the UNHCR, 416,615 refugees from South Sudan have fled to Ethiopia due to violence and corruption.

The South Sudanese community called upon the United Nations to solve the corruption issue and resume food distribution to alleviate the suffering of South Sudanese refugees in Western Ethiopia.

“As a South Sudanese immigrant, I know the resilience and strength of our community. Still, our brothers and sisters in the camps need immediate help to survive. This is not a request; it is a plea for humanity,” said Jal.