Crisis in South Sudan

With 4 million people in urgent need in South Sudan, teaching good hygiene practices is essential to prevent the spread of disease. Photo credit: Kieran Doherty/ Oxfam
With 4 million people in urgent need in South Sudan, teaching good hygiene practices is essential to prevent the spread of disease. Photo credit: Kieran Doherty/ Oxfam

Nearly 4 million people remain in urgent need in South Sudan following the conflict that broke out in December 2013. Over 2 million people have fled their homes and sought refuge within South Sudan or in neighboring countries. We have reached more than 920,000 people with life-saving essentials, but we urgently need to reach more.

We are currently providing life-saving clean water, sanitation and emergency food security to those in need.

The situation

Since fighting between government troops and rebel forces erupted, over 2 million people have fled their homes:

  • 1.5 million people are displaced within South Sudan.

  • More than 100,000 people have sought refuge at various UN compounds across the country. In Juba, 80 percent of displaced people are women and children.

  • More than 500,000 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.  

  • Recent fighting has forced us to suspend our activities in the Upper Nile region until further notice. 

  • The latest Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) report estimates 3.8 million people are already facing severe levels of hunger, with an expected to increase to 4.6 million people by the end of July, affecting 40% of the population. This is the highest number of people at crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity since the start of the conflict in December 2013.

What Oxfam is doing

We've reached more than 920,000 people in South Sudan with emergency food, clean water and sanitation services. We are also distributing commodity vouchers, fuel efficient stoves and grinding mills to provide greater food security in some of the camps and carrying out public health promotion.

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 16 June 2015.

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