In April 2017 Oxfam Executive Director Winnie Byanyima visited several regions of South Sudan and northeast Nigeria. She met with civil society representatives, traditional leaders, displaced women, as well as Oxfam staff.
In South Sudan, she visited Malakal, which has seen some of the worst of South Sudan’s brutal conflict. Malakal used to be South Sudan’s second largest city, but now resembles a ghost town as thousands now reside in one of South Sudan’s POC (Protection of Civilian) sites, which are guarded by UN Peacekeepers .
She saw widespread destruction, homes, schools in ruin. But she also met "with amazing women, who are holding their communities together, who are fighting to keep their families alive."
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South Sudan is facing a catastrophic humanitarian crisis driven by three years of a brutal civil war. Famine has already been declared in one part of the country and nearly 5 million people are facing extreme hunger. With your help we can provide them with vital assistance.