The Things We Take For Granted #SouthSudan

…in light of the South Sudan Crisis

As Elliott and I stroll out into the backyard to enjoy the warm winters sun, we sit on the grass and look up and watch the rainbow lorikeets and cockatoos flying overhead. Elliott hears an aeroplane in the distance, he stands up to find where it is and when he spots it, plays out his best aeroplane imitation.

Elliott starts jumping on his trampoline, giggling with delight. It’s peaceful as I lay on the grass staring up into the clear blue sky, there’s no worry in the world, it’s a perfect afternoon and I can smell the dinner cooking in the slow cooker.

As I get lost deep in thought, my mind shifts to thinking about what I learnt at the World Vision Australia Blogger Ambassador Day of the humanitarian crisis happening right now South Sudan, one of the worst humanitarian crisis’ of our time.

I start to think about the children in South Sudan who cannot walk outside their house as we have just done and play in their backyard and the children and families that do not have a house to feel safe in.

South Sudan Crisis
Image Credit: World Vision

The conflict in South Sudan is taking a devastating toll on children who are being killed, injured and witnessing brutal attacks on their families and communities.

Hundreds of thousands of children have fled their homes to seek refuge from violence. As the conflict intensifies, there will be even further displacement, increasing the risk of children becoming separated from family members and vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

As at May 2014, 1.4 million people are estimated to have been displaced by violence with 539,000 children reported within this number. 4,460 children have been identified as separated or orphaned and 4 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

I imagine Elliott as one of those children and my heart absolutely breaks.

I start to think about the families in South Sudan who struggle to eat while we have an abundance of food which often goes to waste and I go through my usual daily task of preparing dinner so easily.  In South Sudan, nearly two thirds of the population are at risk of food insecurity and dangerous levels of malnutrition threaten a quarter of a million children in South Sudan. Unless they are reached with treatment, up to 50,000 children under age five could die.

I imagine Elliott as one of those children and my heart breaks, again.

South Sudan Crisis
Image Credit: World Vision

I then recall this image from Chelsea at Moments A Day which has had such an impact on me in the past:

Source: MomentsADay.com

I have often complained about so many of these things, but to the people in South Sudan, these things are what determines their survival. To people of South Sudan, it’s a very different picture that likely looks a little something like this:

Early wakeups = Gather food and walk long distances to collect water
House to clean = They don’t have a house to clean or a safe place to live.
Laundry =  They likely have only the clothes on their back which are in desperate need of repair.
Dirty Dishes = The people of South Sudan have little food to eat and so would not have dirty dishes
Crumbs under table =  No food, no crumbs.
Shopping to do =  There is no such luxury.
Toilets to clean = There is no such luxury.
Lots of noise = The noise of violence most often outweighs the noise of children’s laughter
Endless questions = ‘When will we have our next meal? Where will we sleep tonight?’
Getting into bed sore and tired = Not just after a hard day at work, but due to injury from violence.
South Sudan Crisis
Image Credit: World Vision

While you think of the things you are grateful for in your life, take some time to think about the families in countries like South Sudan. It may seem like a world away and another crisis to add to the list of what is happening in the world, but it’s real and so are these families, they’re probably very similar yours.

You can read more about the South Sudan Crisis and donate hereFunds raised for an emergency appeal are applied to the emergency response and for rehabilitation activities in the affected areas.

Sadly, because there was civil war in Sudan that spanned over two decades, despite the difference in situation, South Sudan struggles to gain media attention because it’s seen as ‘old news’ or something that ‘just happens’ over there. There are extreme violations of human rights that should not be tolerated and I ask that you could help me be a voice by sharing this post whichever way you can. Thank you. Eva x
Today I’m linking up with the lovely Sarah from Creating Contentment

 

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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8 Comments

  1. July 24, 2014 / 9:41 am

    I don’t know what to say. I am shaking my head. It is just horrible. Horrible that governments allow this to happen to their own people. Horrible that other governments can just watch. This post does make me feel lucky, more grateful for the life and opportunities that we have. I wish that I could do more for others, though.

  2. July 24, 2014 / 10:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts about a very serious topic and being grateful for what we do have.

  3. bodyandfeetretreat
    July 25, 2014 / 2:20 pm

    Thank you for an eye opening post. It’s really sad that people have to live like that – good on you for making a difference !
    Have the best weekend !
    Me xox

  4. Grace
    July 25, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    It really is a terrible political situation in South Sudan. And it’s all the innocent children that are effected the most. Thanks for making us aware of it.

  5. Lara at This Charming Mum
    July 25, 2014 / 10:18 pm

    That’s a really thought provoking post, and I LOVE that graphic reminder of how lucky we are and how much we take for granted. The ‘crumbs under the table’ line really hit home for me – something I was grumbling about just today. How lucky my family is to have so much food that crumbs are left to lie around until they go in the bin.

  6. July 26, 2014 / 8:19 pm

    I have a very vivid imagination, as you can imagine, so I have to block a lot of stuff out to sleep at night. But this is a fab post. Very touching… xxx

  7. Rhonda Hirst
    July 28, 2014 / 10:12 pm

    Thank you SO much for sharing your thoughts on this issue, which is largely not thought of, unless we make sure it is relevant. <3 x