Respond to acute crisis fueled by ongoing conflict and provide long-term solutions that improve food security and livelihoods, education, social services and protection.
The euphoria that followed Independence on July 9, 2011 was short lived. Complex political, economic and humanitarian issues have resurfaced since nationhood was achieved. South Sudan and Sudan have been unable to resolve issues over borders, boundaries, oil revenues, wealth-sharing and citizenship, leading to sporadic attacks and refugees trapped in desperate circumstances on both sides.
Most recently, internal divisions caused violence to erupt in the capital of Juba in December 2013. Political and ethnic conflict has since spread throughout the states, displacing more than 2 million people. An acute humanitarian crisis has developed, increasing immediate needs for clean water, health care, sanitation, food, shelter and protection.
- Emergency response: Providing urgent assistance, including shelter supplies, water and sanitation to thousands displaced by the current conflict
- Children & Youth: Building temporary classrooms and providing school supplies to children in border towns destroyed by fighting
- Agriculture & Food Helping families re-establish farms and livelihoods as they return home from years as refugees
- Conflict & Governance: Engaging a network of community-based organizations to prioritize needs and foster peaceful co-existence between residents and returnees
- Economic opportunity: Increasing families' self-reliance by supporting local markets and businesses
All stories about South Sudan
South Sudan: Building schools in a new nation
Education here ranks among the lowest in the world. In this beautiful footage, see the safe classrooms we've built, and the children who are getting a new chance to learn.
South Sudan: Feeding families from the ground up
Thousands displaced by conflict are trying to start new lives in the Abyei area. But access to food is limited in the contested border region.
South Sudan: A classroom for Asholl
Asholl loves school so much that she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. The second grader would stay in class all day if she could: "I like learning to read and write. I am bored when I have to stay home and it is raining. There is nothing to do."
South Sudan: Helping Kids Heal: A school for Marsa
Marsa and her family have resettled in South Sudan after years as refugees, but the basics of learning are still missing.
South Sudan: Fighting for an education
Ten-year-old Zenaib is excited to begin attending class in one of the temporary learning spaces that Mercy Corps is currently constructing.
South Sudan: Creating safe spaces for learning
After decades of war, residents of Unity state dreamed of brighter futures last July when they became citizens of the new nation of South Sudan.
South Sudan: A new nation's first birthday
Currently working with the Mercy Corps team in South Sudan, I had the honor of being present yesterday as residents celebrated the first year anniversary of their nation's independence.
South Sudan: Building on hope one year after independence
South Sudan Country Director Mathieu Rouquette met these two little girls in the market in Bentiu, Unity State, when they peeked their heads into a camera shop that recently received a Mercy Corps business grant.
South Sudan: From the field: Local market perseveres after attacks
Mercy Corps staff visit the local market in Bentiu that was damaged in recent aerial attacks, part of the ongoing conflict with Sudan to the north.
South Sudan: Back to work after bombings
Much of our work is about giving people the resources they need to build healthy, safe and productive lives for the longterm. To do so in areas where conflict threatens not just livelihoods, but lives, can be especially challenging.