The new nation of South Sudan is getting a little help from one of its friends, CBN's Operation Blessing International.
This week the charity aid organization, based in Virginia Beach, Va., is delivering medical and other aid for refugees in and around the country's capital of Juba.
"Right now we've got tents, blankets, and anti-parasite pills," Operation Blessing President Bill Horan said as volunteers were loading a plane for a flight to Juba on Monday.
On Wednesday, teams are distributing the relief to refugees from the Juba mountains. These people are the families of the soldiers who are still defending their homes from attacks by North Sudan.
At the request of the South Sudanese government, charity aid organization is delivering medicine, vitamins, food, and blankets to the refugees.
"They are so happy that Americans are showing their Christian compassion by actually showing up and helping them. They are energized by this," Horan told CBN News Wednesday.
"The people of South Sudan are really courageous people. There are a high percentage of Christians living here and they have been oppressed and slaughtered by the North. But the gratitude of the Sudanese people is absolutely overwhelming," he explained.
The aid organization airlifted enough medical supplies to South Sudan to operate a field clinic serving 10,000 people for 90 days.
The group also delivered a chlorine generator capable of disinfecting 360,000 gallons of water every day.
Operation Blessing International has been at work in the Christian country of South Sudan for many years.
Government leaders invited ministry representatives to the country's Declaration of Independence celebrations earlier this month.
Find out how you can help Operation Blessing International's relief efforts both at home and abroad.