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 hundreds of thousands of people. An acute humanitarian crisis has developed, increasing immediate needs for clean water, health care, sanitation, food, shelter and protection.
Respond to acute crisis fueled by ongoing conflict and provide long-term solutions that improve food security and livelihoods, education, social services and protection.
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- 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
- Population (2013 est.): 11.5 million
- UN Human Development Index rank: N/A
- Mercy Corps has worked here since 1995
All stories about South Sudan
South Sudan: Looking ahead after one year of conflict December 15, 2014
Our Country Director in South Sudan discusses the harsh realities that demand our attention — and the hope for a peaceful future that we can't forget.
South Sudan: Renewed fighting threatens humanitarian efforts November 4, 2014
As the rainy season ends, violence is picking up again in South Sudan's ten-month conflict. How our staff worked to continue relief efforts when fighting erupted in Bentiu last week.
South Sudan: The story of Ganyiel: A safe hiding place October 22, 2014
The village of Ganyiel is one of few safe places in war-torn South Sudan. Get a glimpse of what life is like for people who’ve sought refuge there.
South Sudan: Voices from Juba September 23, 2014
What do displaced people in Juba have to say about the humanitarian crisis? See photos and hear about their experiences and hopes for a better future.
South Sudan: Quick facts: What you need to know about the South Sudan crisis September 12, 2014
The man-made humanitarian crisis is threatening to turn into famine in South Sudan. How did this happen? Get the facts and learn why this young nation needs our help.
South Sudan: A family in hiding August 28, 2014
Most families who've fled the conflict in South Sudan aren't in the safety of camps — they're hiding in remote villages where little help can reach them. Elizabeth and her children are one of them.
South Sudan: Q+A: How to survive in Bentiu August 14, 2014
People in Bentiu camp are in desperate need of shelter, food, water and everyday supplies. What's it like to survive there? One of our emergency responders, Osee Mbusa, describes the situation and his experience.
South Sudan: What does flooding mean for displacement camps? August 8, 2014
Heavy rainfall and flooding has inundated the U.N. compound in Bentiu, making conditions even more difficult. Our team is working to provide vital sanitation facilities and prevent the spread of disease.
South Sudan: What we must do to prevent tragedy: 5 urgent needs July 9, 2014
Just 3 years since South Sudan gained independence, conflict has driven the young country to the brink of devastating famine. Five things can save lives right now.
South Sudan: New nation on the brink June 27, 2014
Six months of conflict have left millions at risk of famine and disease in South Sudan. Our Director of Global Emergency Response explains our response to the young country's spiraling crisis.