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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.
Political and ethnic tensions erupted into violent conflict in the capital of Juba in December 2013, quickly spreading throughout the states and plunging the 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.
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.
In recent months the situation has deteriorated significantly: a famine has been declared in some parts of Unity State where Mercy Corps is one of the largest responders.
- 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.
All stories about South Sudan
South Sudan: The story of Ganyiel: A safe hiding place
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
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South Sudan: A family in hiding
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
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?
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
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
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.
South Sudan: "People are suffering everywhere": Millions now at risk of famine and disease
Our South Sudan Country Director describes worsening conditions and the massive tragedy unfolding in the young country.
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South Sudan: 9 signs of humanitarian catastrophe we can't ignore
Brutal violence and increasing displacement have created massive needs. Our Country Director reports on why this crisis needs action now.