South Sudan

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Emergency alert

The United Nations has declared famine in parts of South Sudan, and has also announced that Yemen, Somalia, and parts of Nigeria are on the brink of famine. Your help is urgently needed to respond to these crises and others around the world.

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  • Photo: Dominic Nahr for 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

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 2.1 million people are internally displaced and over 1.5 million have fled to neighboring countries.

Learn more about the South Sudan crisis ▸

The world’s first famine in six years has been declared in South Sudan. Approximately 100,000 people are on the brink of starvation and over five million are in urgent need of humanitarian relief. 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. The price of staple foods are 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.

Our work

  • 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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