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Our work in the region that now comprises South Sudan began in 1995. In December 2013, political and ethnic tensions erupted into violent conflict in the capital of Juba, quickly spreading throughout the states and plunging the young country into a massive humanitarian crisis. More than 2 million people are internally displaced and 1.8 million have fled to neighboring countries.
The world’s first famine in six years was declared in South Sudan in early 2017. While outright famine conditions have been reduced, more than 50 percent of the population is now being recognized as food insecure, the greatest number ever recorded in South Sudan.
An estimated 6 million people are at risk and 1.7 million people require immediate assistance. More than 1.1 million children are reported to be facing acute malnourishment, with nearly 276,000 severely malnourished and at imminent risk of death. Violent conflict has forced millions of people to flee their homes — and their crops and livestock.
These food resources, along with water access, have also been negatively impacted by violence, disease and unfavorable weather. There have been more than 13,000 reported cases of cholera this year. The price of staple foods are also up to 150% above average, making them unaffordable for many. Get the quick facts about famine ▸
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.
- Emergency response: Providing vital assistance, including food, water, shelter supplies, hygiene 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 and adolescents affected by violence.
- Agriculture & Food: Helping families re-establish farms and livelihoods in areas where there is some security and safety and providing cash so people can buy the food and supplies they require.
- Economic opportunity: Increasing families' self-reliance by supporting local markets and businesses.
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South Sudan: In South Sudan, famine threat still looms
While South Sudan is no longer technically experiencing famine, the reality on the ground remains dire. An estimated 6 million people — more than half the population — are at risk, and 1.7 million people require immediate assistance.
South Sudan: For families in famine, a better life starts with water
With disease running rampant and food scarce, Mercy Corps is on the ground in the Koch region of South Sudan setting up water access to help fight famine.
South Sudan: 'This is the last chance we have': A report from the front lines of famine
A Q&A with Deepmala Mahla, Mercy Corps' country director for South Sudan, on the realities of famine in one of the world's poorest countries.
Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen: Famine and food insecurity: What's at stake
Our Q&A with Food Security Advisor Kate McMahon discusses what famine means, how it's impacting areas of Africa and the Middle East, and why it's critical that we meet urgent needs to prevent even greater suffering.
Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen: Investing in an ounce of prevention
Humanitarian aid from the United States provides lifesaving assistance to millions of people in need around the world, yet it is in danger of dramatic cuts. Sign our petition to tell Congress to stand up for the world's most vulnerable people.
South Sudan: Tell Congress: Protect Food for Peace
For more than 60 years, the Food for Peace program, which is funded by the United States, has been a world leader in fighting global hunger. Unfortunately, President Trump’s budget eliminates the key account that funds Food for Peace. This is despite the fact that more than 795 million people in the world don't have enough food, including more than 20 million in the four countries threatened by famine: Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen: Tell Congress: Reject extreme cuts to humanitarian aid
Humanitarian aid from the United States provides lifesaving assistant to tens of millions of people in need around the world, yet it is in danger of dramatic cuts. Sign this petition to tell Congress to stand up for the world's most vulnerable people.
South Sudan: South Sudan violence leaves many homeless, without food or water
While the South Sudan cease-fire holds for now, many were left homeless and without food after violence earlier in July. Mercy Corps is responding.
Ethiopia, Niger, South Sudan: Fighting hunger in Africa takes more than food
Hunger: It’s not a new problem for many countries in Africa. However, the reasons why millions of people go hungry go much deeper than a lack of food.
South Sudan: Water, sanitation needs soar as South Sudan conflict persists
Ongoing violence in South Sudan continues to force people from their homes and into the relative safety of the U.N. displacement site in Bentiu. We're working to meet the critical sanitation and hygiene needs of the site's growing population.