Humanitarian Crisis in South Sudan

Crisis in South Sudan

Half the country’s population faces extreme hunger

A humanitarian emergency

6 million people are in dire need of assistance

 

About the crisis in South Sudan

South Sudan has been a country in turmoil for a long time. In 1983, after a decade-long pause in the country's long civil war between the north and south, conflict broke out again. It wasn't until early 2005 - after more than 1.5 million people had died - that a peace agreement was signed between the two sides. The agreement led to the historic vote that created the Republic of South Sudan on July 9, 2011.

From the start, South Sudan was one poorest countries in the world. Most of the fledgling nation is in the grip of a humanitarian crisis fueled by years of chronic underdevelopment, conflict and natural disasters.

Three years of brutal civil war has contributed to an economic crisis and below average harvest that continues to send food prices skyrocketing. The result has been a food crisis that continues to spread throughout the country. According to an early warning report, there are new areas of South Sudan reaching emergency levels of food crisis, which is just one level above famine. These are areas where people have been recently displaced because of outbreaks of the conflict that drove them off their land leaving them with no access to food and their agricultural livelihoods. For example in Jonglei State, there have been 200,000 people recently displaced.

1.7 million people are on the brink of famine and 6 million face extreme hunger in South Sudan. That is half population – the highest number ever recorded in the country. 1 million children under the age of five are severely malnourished.

What CARE is doing

CARE has been working in the region since 1993, providing health services, improving access to clean water and sanitation, mitigating the effects of droughts and helping with peace-building efforts. CARE is providing assistance in health and nutrition for mothers and children under five years old, food and livelihoods assistance, peace building and sexual and physical violence prevention across four states including some of the worst affected by conflict. Since the crisis began in 2013 CARE has assisted over 350,000 people across Greater Unity, Upper Nile, Jonglei and Eastern Equatoria Regions of South Sudan.

Learn more about the Global Hunger Crisis.

*Updated July 2017

South Sudan Emergency - Fleeing Famine

A Country in Severe Crisis

Hunger is forcing hundreds of thousands to flee

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9-month-old Chiok Kuol Kaang was admitted to the MSF health centre on February 28 2017 for severe malnutrition after arriving the day before in the Bentiu Protection of Civilians (POC) site from Koch county, Unity State.

South Sudan Emergency - Food Insecurity

Alarming levels of food insecurity

6 million face extreme hunger in South Sudan

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Five year old Chianyal has been living in the UN Mission in South Sudan’s ‘Protection of Civilians’ (POC) site since November 2015.

South Sudan Emergency - Malnourished Children

1 million malnourished children

Mothers fend for their families’ survival

South Sudan Emergency - Tepitha and Martha

Meet Tepitha and Martha

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How CARE works in emergencies

RESPONDING TODAY, PREPARING FOR TOMORROW

In 2011 alone, CARE reached 12 million people affected by natural disasters, conflict situations and other crises.

EMERGENCY: CARE IS THERE

In emergencies, CARE is among the first to arrive and the last to leave. When it comes to responding to an emergency, timing is crucial.