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South Sudan

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  • Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Our strategy

Respond to acute crisis fueled by ongoing conflict. Provide life-saving humanitarian assistance that improves food security and livelihoods for the long-term. Support education, social services and protection for the most vulnerable.

The context

Political and ethnic tensions erupted into violent conflict in the capital of Juba in December 2013, quickly spreading throughout the states and plunging the country into a massive humanitarian crisis. More than 1.6 million people are internally displaced and another 630,000 have fled to neighboring countries.

The recent conflict has greatly exacerbated political, economic and humanitarian issues that have been unresolved since nationhood was achieved in 2011.

Ongoing warfare continues to deepen the current humanitarian crisis. Immediate needs for clean water, health care, sanitation, food, shelter and protection are dire, and millions of people now require urgent support to survive and get their lives back on track.

Our work

  • Emergency response: Providing vital assistance, including shelter supplies, water and sanitation to thousands displaced by the current conflict.
  • Children & Youth: Building classrooms, distributing school supplies, and providing emergency education and emotional support for children affected by violence.
  • Agriculture & Food: Helping families re-establish farms and livelihoods as soon as they are able to return home from displacement; providing cash and cash-for-work opportunities so people can buy the food and supplies they require.
  • Economic opportunity: Increasing families' self-reliance by supporting local markets and businesses; helping thousands of the most vulnerable access employment and income-generating opportunities.

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