Over 20 million people in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, and Nigeria are on the brink of famine. In South Sudan alone, 9,000 people lose access to food every day. Your help is urgently needed to respond to these crises and others around the world.Donate now
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.
South Sudan: Escape to safety: One staff member's journey
When fighting erupted in Bentiu one year ago, Mercy Corps staff were forced to flee and begin a long journey towards safety. Here, one team member tells his story.
South Sudan: Looking ahead after one year of conflict
Our Country Director in South Sudan discusses the harsh realities that demand our attention — and the hope for a peaceful future that we can't forget.
South Sudan: Renewed fighting threatens humanitarian efforts
As the rainy season ends, violence is picking up again in South Sudan's ten-month conflict. How our staff worked to continue relief efforts when fighting erupted in Bentiu last week.
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
What do displaced people in Juba have to say about the humanitarian crisis? See photos and hear about their experiences and hopes for a better future.
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.