Khaled Mohamed Khaled, popularly known as DJ Khaled urged his social media followers to support All-Star and Miami Heat Forward and a longtime friend, Luol Deng’s initiative of raising $ 100,000 to help venerable children and families in South Sudan affected by the humanitarian crisis currently facing millions of people in his South Sudan.
Deng is calling on others to join him in supporting UNICEF’s emergency efforts to reach displaced children and families with lifesaving treatment and other essential services as part of UNICEF’s broader humanitarian response. UNICEF is working closely with partners to provide safe drinking water, immunizations, maternal and newborn health care, child protection and education – including in hard-to-reach areas affected by heavy fighting. Deng will match the first $50,000 in funds raised by the community.
Deng said, “South Sudan is my home and I am humbled to be in a position to help those suffering from lack of access to basic needs, especially the children facing severe acute malnutrition. I hope to raise awareness of their plight and inspire others to support the millions of South Sudanese people who are in urgent need of lifesaving assistance.”
The world’s newest country became an independent state in 2011 following decades of civil war. Approximately 9.6 million South Sudanese people – more than half of whom are children – have been affected by conflict. Many displaced families remain without shelter, access to food and water and are at risk of disease due to the lack of sanitation facilities. The rainy season and related flash flooding exacerbate the humanitarian crisis by flooding camps for displaced people, destroying shelters and flooding facilities with contaminated water.
In 2016, it is expected that 7.5 million people will suffer from food insecurity, while more than 235,000 children will suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition. In remote areas and those difficult to access, these numbers are expected to increase significantly. The time to act is now.
Donors are invited to contribute to the campaign here. No amount is too small to help.
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