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South Sudan

The world’s youngest nation, South Sudan plunged into civil war in December 2013. The conflict has displaced more than one million people.

Civil War in South Sudan

South Sudan has had several turbulent years since gaining its independence in 2011. Violence erupted in December 2013 in the capital, Juba, and quickly spread across the country, forcing people to flee their homes and plunging the country into chaos. More than two million people are displaced as a result, including 500,000 people who fled to neighboring countries.

In South Sudan, planting season generally runs from April to June and harvesting season is from September to November, with the rainy season right in between from June to September. But intense fighting and displacement prevented many from planting their crops last year. An estimated 6.4 million people are facing food insecurity, and the number is on the rise.

Malnutrition, particularly among young children and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, is widespread.

Approximately two-thirds of the people facing severe food insecurity this year are in Jonglei, Unity, and Upper Nile, the states with the highest levels of conflict and insecurity.

Our Response

In the cities of Juba and Bentiu, where some of the worst fighting has taken place, we are responding to the emergency needs of those who fled. We distribute food, provide clean water, improve sanitation, and deliver relief supplies such as soap, water purification tablets, and jerry cans. Additionally, Concern teams go family-to-family in the displacement camps to screen children for malnutrition and provide treatment and referrals as needed.

We also have ongoing health, nutrition, and livelihoods programs in Northern Bahr el Ghazal. We’ve been working in the South Sudan area since 1994.

In 2014, heavy rains flooded the Bentiu displacement site, leaving tens of thousands of people living in contaminated water. We are working during the dry months to build 8,000 robust emergency shelters and redevelop the site together with other organizations so that the same level of flooding does not happen again this year.

Outside of South Sudan, our teams are also delivering assistance to those who have fled to refugee camps in Ethiopia and Uganda.