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  • Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Our strategy

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 context

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.

Our work

  • 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

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