staff helps to carry aid for displaced people, in UN House, South Sudan.
We've reached more than 130,000 people in three locations in South Sudan.

Crisis in South Sudan

“Already over one million people have been displaced and are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.”
David Crawford
Oxfam's Acting Country Director for South Sudan

The conflict that broke out in South Sudan on 15th December 2013 has left thousands dead and displaced hundreds of thousands more. Vulnerable populations continue to flee ongoing fighting in South Sudan. We are currently supporting people affected by the conflict with clean water, sanitation and emergency food security. Nearly 5 million people need food, water and support urgently.

The situation

Since fighting between government troops and rebel forces erupted last year:

  • Over 800,000 people have fled their homes and are now displaced within South Sudan.
  • More than 76,000 people have sought refuge at various UN compounds across the country. In Juba, 80 percent of displaced people are women and children.
  • 254,600 people have fled to neighboring countries, many of whom had to cross the Nile River on their way to Uganda, leaving everything they had behind and risking their lives.

What Oxfam is doing

We've reached more than 130,000 people in South Sudan with water, health and sanitation equipment. We’ve also started responding to the urgent needs of refugees and hosting communities in Uganda. 

Providing Safe, Clean Water and Sanitation

  • We are reaching 69,900 people with clean water;
  • Inside the Juba UN compound, we are supplying 10,000 people with clean water; approximately 192,000 liters of water a day;
  • In Awerial (also known as the Lakes County), we have set up depots allowing us to reach 40,000 people with purified water;
  • We have constructed over 500 latrines in Juba and Awerial supporting over 27,400 people;
  • And we have reached over 65,000 people in the camps with training on safe hygiene practices like hand washing, the use of water purification tablets and environmental cleanliness.

Providing Emergency Food Security

  • In Juba,  our charcoal distribution project has so far reached over 1,800 people addressing one of the greatest needs in the camps - lack of fuel to cook.
  • We are also distributing fuel efficient stoves and grinding mills.

Oxfam in the region

We have a dedicated team to respond to emergencies across South Sudan. We focus on public health, livelihoods and emergency response combined with gender, diversity and conflict-sensitive programming, policy and advocacy work. We have been present in Southern Sudan since 1983, providing humanitarian aid to victims of conflict, drought and floods, as well as long-term development assistance to some of the most vulnerable communities.

Updated 4 April 2014.

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