Samaritan's Purse Staff Members Released

Samaritan's Purse Staff Members Released

Samaritan's Purse staff members were released after being abducted in South Sudan, the Christian humanitarian organization run by Franklin Graham reports. 

"There was no ransom request, and the previously detained staff members are now in a safe location," the ministry said in a statement.

This situation reveales the intense famine in South Sudan, the severe famine in parts of South Sudan, according to Samaritan's Purse.

NPR reports, "Things are spiraling downward in South Sudan, one of four nations where, according to the U.N., the greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945 is unfolding."

Samaritans Purse reports, "The government and the United Nations jointly announced in late February that 100,000 people—specifically those within Mayendit and Leer counties in the central part of the country—presently face starvation, with one million more on the brink of famine. At the same time, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 4.9 million people are projected to be severely food insecure during the months of February to April. That could possibly increase to as many as 5.5 million people during the lean season in July."

Ken Isaacs vice president of programs at Samaritan's Purse told NPR, "If something isn't done to bring a stable government to the area soon," he says, "we are going to see much more loss of life and a lot more bloodshed."

Photo: Sudan military stock photo

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