In South Sudan, in one of the poorest countries of the world–during an acute hunger crisis–baby Angelo and his twin brother were born.

Their mother, Mary, and father, Yhee, like any young couple, must have been full of hope…and a twang of anxiety. Would everything go well with the birth?

And they had the added fear about being in South Sudan during a hunger crisis: Would they have enough food to feed their children? Would they be safe?

Baby Angelo being weighed

Can you imagine how these parents felt?

Mary and Yhee were living in poverty… they themselves were malnourished and hungry. Now they had two extra mouths to feed. Hopefully, Mary would have enough milk to feed them.

As soon as the twin boys were born, it was obvious that something was terribly wrong with one of them. Angelo’s spine hadn’t closed properly during the pregnancy.

He was diagnosed with spinal bifida. Fortunately, Angelo’s brother was healthy.

But the agony didn’t end there. In addition to this medical diagnosis and the possible resulting permanent disabilities that could occur, Angelo and his brother were receiving insufficient milk from Mary’s tired and malnourished body.

This family had to deal with the ongoing conflict, food insecurity, and economic collapse that everyone else in South Sudan were facing, but they were also trying to cope with the added struggles that come with disability. It’s easy to see that this family, and others like them, are the most vulnerable people in the world.

That’s when you came in. You shined your light in one of the darkest places of the world.

Thanks to support from compassionate people like you, cbm‘s staff referred Angelo to our partner hospital for a specialized operation.

The twins also received nutritious milk made from fortified milk powder that donors like you made possible. And not only that… Mary was enrolled in a program for lactating mothers, all thanks to you.

In 2017, the Emergency Response Unit, with your help, reached and assisted 93,522 people with disabilities during worldwide disasters.

At cbm we believe you and I are called to go to some of the poorest places in the world, and stay to help people living with or a ected by disabilities.

Working during a crisis is hard. But children like Angelo make it worth the effort. This is why your donations to emergencies are so vital.[/vc_column_text]

Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.

Isaiah 58:10 (NIV)