Republic of South Sudan

South Sudan has experienced several turbulent years since gaining its independence in 2011. Ongoing violence has quickly spread across the country, forcing people to flee their homes and plunging the country into crisis.

Quick Facts:

  • Population: 11.7 million
  • Population below poverty line: 69.6%
  • Life expectancy: 55.7
  • Infant mortality (per thousand live births): 64.1
  • Maternal mortality rate (deaths per 100,000 live births): 730

Concern has responded to the devastating effects of South Sudan’s civil war by providing clean water, distributing food, improving sanitation, and delivering shelter supplies and relief items.

South Sudan is currently in the grips of a major food crisis. Last year, in February 2017, three United Nations agencies and the South Sudan government declared famine in two counties in Unity state, in the north of the country. Though a swift humanitarian response ended the famine, the threat of famine still looms large: nearly 5.5 million people face crisis or emergency levels of hunger. Read more about Concern’s response to the food crisis here.

Concern is also responding to the emergency needs of the displaced in the capital, Juba, as well as Bentiu, a state capital in the country’s oil-producing north where some of the worst fighting has taken place. This includes distributing food, providing clean water, improving sanitation, and delivering shelter supplies and relief items. The chaos of war also prevented many families from planting their crops, leaving millions facing food insecurity and putting them at risk of malnutrition. Concern teams are from going shelter to shelter in displacement camps to screen children for malnutrition and provide treatment and referrals to health facilities as needed.

In the Northern Bahr el Ghazal, a state in the northwest corner of the country, our work to tackle extreme poverty continues with development programs in health, nutrition, and livelihoods.