I created this Go Fund Me for my friend Chapen, one of many Chapen's I sought out on FB 5 years ago in an attempt to meet and learn about other Chapen's. This Chapen is a teacher and father of 4 girls, aged from 8 years to 6 months-old, living in South Sudan in an internally displaced person's camp, or IDP Camp, run by the UN.
A Civil War that began in 2012 has caused tens of thousands of Nuer to flee to these camps to escape persecution from the Dinka. Although these U.N. camps offer a measure of safety, They were never meant to hold this many people. They are overcrowded, unsanitary and crime ridden.
Now Chapen and his family are facing the prospect of the camps closing and being forced to return to the unrest and persecution they had escaped. There is also a looming food crisis as fighting is cutting off the shipments of food coming from the countryside.
Chapen, who graduated from the University of Bahr el Ghazal with a degree in Education, has been unable to find work teaching and is 'empty handed'. He and his family live off of the rations that are provided by the camp, when they are provided which has become inconsistent in recent months. Most of his family was killed in the ethnic violence that has taken place since the war began. He and his family have no one to turn to for help. He hopes to relocate his family to a refugee camp in Uganda, but the cost is high. Any money raised short of our goal will go a long way in him being able to provide for his family . That is why I've created this Go Fund Me. If you can, please help this Chapen and his family. Thank You.
Here are links to several news stories involving the crisis:
South Sudan, the state that fell apart in a week
Hunger worsens in South Sudan
South Sudan's War: a relentless litany of almost unimaginable horror
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