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South Sudan Crisis

The world's youngest nation faces the world's worst food crisis. If urgent action is not taken, the humanitarian situation is predicted to quickly turn catastrophic. Help save lives

South Sudan is currently struggling with the world’s worst food crisis  a crisis that is the result of conflict and political turmoil. Around 1.8 million people have been displaced from their homes and more than 465,000 people have sought refuge in neighbouring Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda as a result of the fighting that erupted in December 2013, only three years into the country’s independence.

The displaced are mainly women and children, who fled the conflict with few possessions and little to no money. With many areas of the countryengulfed by violence or the imminent threat of it, they are facing violence, hunger and disease. 

Even before this crisis, South Sudan was home to one of the world’s largest aid operations. The situation is now considerably worse and is expected to deteriorate in the first quarter of 2015, with 2.5 million people facing severe food insecurity.

People we helped in 2014

What we are doing

Our presence in South Sudan today is as vital as it has ever been, and our emergency programmes highlight this need. Our scaled-up emergency nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene programmes, alongside our long-term nutrition and food security programmes tackle the ongoing food crisis in South Sudan head on.

We are currently supporting communities in the five most vulnerable states of South Sudan — Unity, Jonglei, Upper Nile, Warrap and Northern Bahr El Ghazal. 

  • Since January, we’ve deployed multiple nutrition, food security, and water and sanitation experts. Our dedicated Nutrition Emergency Team is currently working to identify and meet fast-growing nutrition needs. We have set up an Outpatient Therapeutic Programme so malnourished children can access urgently needed treatment. We are also working in collaboration with partner organisations to enhance their capacity to diagnose, treat, and prevent acute malnutrition in children.
  • Our Surveillance Emergency team is travelling around the country to assess the nutritional needs of children in South Sudan. We are at the front lines of collecting nutrition data to determine where children are suffering the most and what needs to be done to help them in their communities. 
  • We also address waterborne illnesses that contribute to malnutrition. Our water, sanitation, and hygiene teams construct wells so communities have access to clean water. We build latrines for displaced families to help promote safe sanitation practices and train people on the importance of daily hygiene to prevent sickness.
  • ​And our food security and livelihood teams prevent hunger in the short-term with food and cash transfers, and ensure that crops can be replanted and livestock restocked in the future. We work to improve dietary diversity, staving off malnutrition with a richer, more diverse diet.
  • In May 2014, our Emergency Cholera Team was deployed in response to a cholera outbreak in the capital city of Juba. They began hygiene assessments and cholera-awareness trainings upon their arrival. Now that the outbreak has slowed in the capital, our team has begun transition planning to determine how these efforts can be incorporated into our ongoing operations in Juba.

But the humanitarian situation remains dire. If urgent action is not taken, the situation in South Sudan is predicted to quickly become catastrophic.

South Sudan Crisis
South Sudan Hidden Crisis


Take urgent action and help the forgotten children of South Sudan

Image © 2015 Andrew Parsons / i-Images for Action Against Hunger UK

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