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: 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.
South Sudan: From the photo library: pure joy August 19, 2010
South Sudan: Images February 15, 2010
There are Images painted right in the core of your mind, No camera can take, nor video rewind; The sight of a young man carrying a new born calf in his hands Trudging open plains, mother cow in tow, lowing in reverence
South Sudan: The Blacksmith of Aweng June 13, 2008
South Sudan: A Lodge 'Bigger Than The Hilton' February 11, 2008
South Sudan: Poverty Gives Himself to Others November 26, 2007
Poverty Alfred Tabaan was born as Sudan was entering its second civil war (1983-2005) and learned quickly that he would need to be resilient to succeed in life. During the war, he and his family fled to Uganda where the family settled.
South Sudan: Rebuilding, Brick by Brick July 18, 2007
Renk, Southern Sudan — While walking along the emaciated Nile River at the height of last year's dry season, unemployed banker Diew Ajak encountered a curiously constructed brick.
South Sudan: Video: Sports For Peace and Life in Sudan June 20, 2007