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 hundreds of thousands of 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: Airport chaos in Juba July 7, 2011
I’d heard the airport in Juba, the capital of the soon-to-be nation of South Sudan, is chronically disorganized. I should have been mentally prepared for the chaos that awaited me yesterday morning. I wasn’t.
South Sudan: South Sudan - The birth of a nation July 5, 2011
Mercy Corps began programs in South Sudan in 2004 to help devastated communities rebuild after decades of civil war. As South Sudan declares its independence from the north, Mercy Corps staff looks at the progress the people have made in the past six years.
South Sudan: Mayol: the 15-Year-old entrepreneur July 5, 2011
Mayol Dau is 15 years old and is an entrepreneur in Aweng, Twic County. Twic County is a remote area of South Sudan that has no paved roads and very little infrastructure, but that has not slowed down the business instincts of this teenage boy.
South Sudan: Achol: Struggling to survive July 5, 2011
In late May, the Sudanese Army invaded the contested border area of Abyei with tanks and heavy weapons. More than 110,000 residents had to flee their homes in Abyei to escape the violent fighting.
South Sudan: Alfonse: Never giving up on an education July 5, 2011
Alfonse Pawil, 20 years old, spent most of his life in a war zone. He was born in Turalei, South Sudan in the midst of the two-decade long bloody civil war that devastated his homeland.
South Sudan: Celebrating July 4th en route to South Sudan July 2, 2011
I’m a big fan of July 4th; it’s a holiday with friends, barbecue, fireworks and — even in the dreary Pacific Northwest — we usually manage to get some sun.
South Sudan: Border conflicts leave thousands displaced in Sudan June 23, 2011
As South Sudan's independence celebration approaches, a humanitarian crisis is also unfolding in the region.
South Sudan: Realizing South Sudan's food potential May 25, 2011
Many people are aware of the oil wealth in South Sudan, but it is less well known that my soon-to-be-independent country is incredibly fertile with huge agricultural potential.
South Sudan: Making a difference for South Sudan's future February 23, 2011
South Sudan: Helping Sudanese prepare for historic referendum December 29, 2010
Mercy Corps is helping educate more than 100,000 residents of Southern Sudan in the run-up to January’s historic referendum. The referendum will determine if Southern Sudan remains part of Sudan or becomes a new African nation.