In January 2011 southern Sudan voted in an historic referendum, deciding to secede from north Sudan and become the world’s newest country. But after decades of war, South Sudan is still one of the least developed regions on earth and will need long-term support.
Oxfam continues to work in South Sudan where our programs have reached 172,000 people over the past year, helping communities recover from one of the world’s longest and bloodiest conflicts.
In the Upper Nile region, Oxfam focuses on providing clean water, sanitation, public health promotion, and livelihood support including to Returnees in Renk and Malakal.
In Lakes we focus on livelihoods work, supporting small-scale agriculture, microfinance and animal health, and we have a peacebuilding program to promote reconciliation and understanding between different communities.
In Wau and Warrap states, Oxfam is supporting returnees, displaced people and local communities in order to promote peaceful coexistence, provide water and sanitation activities, increase food security/livelihoods, and improve the local education system.
We also work through local partners and civil society organizations including women's groups in various parts of the country.
Oxfam also has an emergency response team which deploys across other parts of southern Sudan to provide urgent assistance to people made homeless by violence or natural disasters such as floods and drought. The team helps set up water systems, digs latrines, and distributes shelter, mosquito nets and other useful items.