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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.
All stories about South Sudan
South Sudan: Rebuilding, Brick by Brick
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
South Sudan: Using Sport to Teach AIDS Awareness in Sudan
How do you reach young people in one of world's most remote places about one of its deadliest diseases?
South Sudan: Generating Market Opportunities
Agok, southern Sudan — Before April of this year, whatever hustle and bustle existed in this lightly populated farming town typically ceased after sunset.
South Sudan: Improving Child Health in Recovering South
Few habitable places on earth are more remote than the villages of Ulang County, South Sudan. Some families there live a two-hour walk from the nearest water source. Others can reach the main town only by walking six hours along a narrow trail.
South Sudan: Sudanese Girls Go for the Gold
In the midst of the desolate and arid south Sudanese landscape, a jubilant stream of young women and girls burst forward. Some clad in athletic gear, some in traditional tribal dresses and many in rags, they punctuate the hot desert silence with their laughter.
South Sudan: Playing for Peace
In the hot and arid landscape of South Sudan, thousands of people gathered to watch the opening ceremonies of the fifth annual Twic Olympics — a sporting competition and festival designed to build bridges between warring Sudanese tribes.