BENEFITING: OUTREACH AFRICA INC
This past Sunday, a rebel group comprised of Merle tribesman attacked several villages where family of our local Hampton Roads Lost Boys and Girls lived. More than 78 people were killed and scores wounded, 44 young children reported kidnapped and thousands of cattle stolen in attacks on two Dinka Villages Sunday (Paker and Ajuong). These villages have been burned to the ground. Nothing remains.
After the attacks subsided, our Lost Boys and Girls received calls from their families and heartbreak began to unfold. Here are their stories:
Lost Girl Awak Mayen of Newport News called to report the massive attacks and ask for our help to save her injured relatives. Five family members were shot and killed and 5 are critically wounded. In her husband Daniel’s family, 4 were killed and 4 critically wounded (9 killed, 9 wounded total among their 2 families).
Outreach Africa has been able to send some funds to her brother in Bor town. With this money, Jok Mayen hired a vehicle and was able to transport all 9 wounded relatives to Bor Town where they are now admitted to a hospital. We must raise funds for their emergency medical care.
Lost Boy James Jok Del, of Newport News, reported that in Ajuong, 4 relatives were killed and 1 is critically injured by gunshot and stranded without help. They did not live in the attacked village, but went to help others and were shot. The wounded relative is still in the village and needs emergency medical transport to the hospital in Bor town. We need funds to transport him and provide emergency medical care.
Eight of our boarding school students have lost relatives in these attacks and one young boy has still not heard from his father since Sunday. We have no information on whether or not he survived.
Out of all the tragedy in the world, this Outreach Africa community is the one at the end of the phone call for help. We are the ones that can make the difference on how these next critical days and weeks unfold. Here are their most critical needs and how we can help:
Since both villages were burned to the ground, the surviving family members are exposed and extremely scared; they are sleeping on the dirt in the open with no protection from rain, mosquitoes (malaria) or further attacks. Their primary needs are food, shelter and protection from mosquitoes.
1) FOOD: They need to be able to buy beans and grains to survive (available from neighboring villages). They have NO food. All grain stores and crops were burned. Almost all cattle were stolen so there is no milk, a big part of their diet.
2) SHELTER: To stay dry they need plastic sheeting to make temporary shelters and sleeping mats (available in Bor Town).
3) MALARIA PROTECTION: They need mosquito nets to protect each family (available in Bor town for about $50 each for family size). All mosquito nets were destroyed by the fires. Relatives are now being bitten by swarms of mosquitoes brought on by rains. We estimate 50 to 60 nets are needed to protect all family units in their extended families. We will help them purchase whatever our donations allow. This need is critical because malaria can kill - especially children and the elderly! They can suspend the nets from tree limbs to protect their families. In 3 to 4 months when burned grasses re-grow, they will be able to construct new huts for shelter but will still need these mosquito nets!
Please take a moment to consider how you may be able to respond to this appeal whether it is through a donation (tax-deductible) or spreading the word. Share this campaign with your family and friends!
In advance, thank you for your heart. We are continually amazed by the community surrounding these Lost Boys and Girls. They, and we, are so grateful.