South Sudan

The world’s youngest nation plunged into civil war in December 2013. Across South Sudan more than 4 million people have been forced to flee their homes — 85% of which are women and children.

Civil War in South Sudan

South Sudan has experienced almost nothing but turbulence 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. Last year in February, three United Nations agencies and the South Sudan government declared famine in two counties in Unity state, in the north of the country. Thanks to immediate humanitarian assistance, a large crisis was averted and the famine ended. However, there is still severe food insecurity throughout the country, and once again, the threat of famine looms.

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. As it has in past years, continued conflict and massive displacement has prevented many farmers from planting or harvesting their crops. Currently, nearly 5.5 million people are facing crisis or emergency levels of hunger, and 7 million people are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

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.

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

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.

The Bentiu displacement site is prone to flooding due to heavy rains. This leaves tens of thousands of people living in contaminated water. We have built 8,000 robust emergency shelters and redeveloped the site with other organizations, so that the same level of flooding does not happen again.

In 2016, South Sudan’s impending rainy season was sure to bring flooding and increased risk of water-borne diseases to the Protection of Civilians site on a UN base in Bentiu. Concern joined forces with the camp’s residents to build an amazing 150 shelters per day, for a total of almost 10,000 in just a few months!

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