Join with Avaaz and help stop the genocide in South Sudan

Twenty years after the genocide in Rwanda, the world’s newest nation, South Sudan, is facing the same disaster.

The situation in South Sudan

On July 9th 2011, South Sudan seceded from Sudan. South Sudan gained its independence after an overwhelming majority of South Sudanese voted in favour of secession. The population of South Sudan is approximately eight million. In contrast to the Muslim population of northern Sudan, most South Sudanese practice indigenous traditional beliefs. However, over ninety percent of the population also identify themselves as Christian.

UN officials have now said that ethnic violence in South Sudan risks spiralling into genocide, as the country’s leaders are locked in a personal struggle for power.

Thousands of people have been killed and more than one million have fled their homes since fighting erupted in the world’s newest nation in December, between troops backing President Salva Kiir and soldiers loyal to his sacked deputy, Riek Machar.

“If such attacks are not immediately halted it could plunge the country into serious violence that could spiral out of control. In the current situation, we see elements that we could categorise as risk factors of genocide and other atrocity crimes.” – Adama Dieng, UN special adviser on prevention of genocide. – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/03/genocide-risk-in-south-su_n_5256366.html

The Avaaz campaign

Avaaz has put together a campaign to send to the members of the UN Security Council.

“With peace talks slowly resuming, the US and France are calling on the UN Security Council to impose sanctions and deploy more peacekeepers to protect civilians. Let’s flood key leaders with one million voices urging them to pass sanctions and deploy a stronger mission to protect the people of South Sudan.” – www.avaaz.org

Supporting Avaaz

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Avaaz, as they encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How can we help?

Support Avaaz and join the campaign to stop the genocide in South Sudan. Write to the members of the UN Security Council:

https://www.avaaz.org/en/ceasefire_in_south_sudan_loc/?fpla

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