World Mission bake sale raises £250 for South Sudan refugees

Hub coffee morning Church staff enjoyed delicious home-made sweet treats made by World Mission staff.

A charity coffee morning held at the Church of Scotland's offices in Edinburgh has raised around £250 to buy essential provisions for the victims of war in East Africa.

Generous World Mission Council staff donated delicious home-made cakes, pancakes and scones to support people who were forced to flee a United Nations camp at Malakai in South Sudan after it was attacked by government forces on February 16.

Soldiers burnt much of it down which resulted in people seeking sanctuary in the bush with not even shoes for their feet or a blanket to keep them warm at night.

Men, women and children, who moved into the camp which was set up after civil war broke out in the country in December 2013, are now living without shelter in the hot sun of the day and the cold of the evening.

The money from the bake sale, made with Fair Trade ingredients in recognition of Fair Trade Fortnight, will be sent to The Church of Scotland's partner church the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS).

Workers there, through the Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency, are able to reach the areas in greatest need with relief such as clothing, shoes, food and shelter.

The Right Rev Peter Gai Lual, Moderator of PCOSS who has spoken of the situation facing the country at the General Assembly, said: "What happened in Malakal is a real tragedy .

"Pastor William Gatmuon who is also in the same camp has reported that people have fled into the bush with no shelter and even no shoes on their feet.

"The heat of the sun is burning people by day and the cold at night is also causing them many problems.

"We have already condemned this barbaric act in the strongest terms and may God receive the souls of those who have gone to be with Him through these mindless acts."

Carol Finlay, Local Development Secretary of the Kirk's World Mission Council which supports the Needing a Neighbour campaign, said she was "saddened to hear the news of death and destruction within the UMISS camp in Malakal.

"It is a tragedy that people cannot feel safe, even within the camp," she added.

"We will continue to work with our partners in PCOSS to provide practical and prayerful support in the weeks ahead."