Crisis in South Sudan

“Cholera is a big problem in our community. We have learned to survive with the little we have. We don’t have hospitals, medicine and treated water.” Sultan, Community leader in Gondokoro Island, South Sudan.
“We have learned to survive with the little we have. We don’t have hospitals, medicine and treated water.” Sultan, Community leader in Gondokoro Island, South Sudan. Photo: Albert Gonzalez/Oxfam

South Sudan is currently facing an acute humanitarian crisis and emergency levels of food insecurity due to an on-going conflict. Millions of people have been displaced and remain in urgent need of aid. With your help we can reach more conflict-affected people with vital assistance.

A man-made disaster

Following a power crisis erupted in Juba in 2013, South Sudan has spiralled into a national, political and ethnic conflict, quickly spreading across many parts of the country and leading to the death of thousands of women, children and men.

Since then, more than 2.5 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to brutal war. Out of these, 1.6 million have been internally displaced in South Sudan and more than 830,000 have sought safety in neighboring countries, mainly Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda. 4.8 million people are in desperate need for humanitarian assistance.

One of the world’s worst food crises

Forced to abandon their farms and livestock, people have lost their means of feeding their families. The country has spiralled into an economic free-fall characterised by food and fuel prices which have skyrocketed and an ever-rising cost of living. Trade and local markets have been disrupted and food stock has depleted.

People’s ability to cope with rising food insecurity is being stretched to breaking point. In the worst lean season since the country’s independence, as many as 5.3 million people are expected to face severe hunger this year. More than 686,000 children (one in four) under five are estimated to be acutely malnourished.

“Food is the most important need in our community, I see that health issues are also important. That’s why our teachers encourage us to keep our hands clean." Ladu, student, Gondoroko Island.

Addressing growing needs: Oxfam’s work

Since the start of the crisis in December 2013, Oxfam has provided humanitarian assistance to nearly 860,000 people across eight states. We have also helped over 100,000 South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia and 145,000 in Uganda.

We coordinate emergency food distribution and provide fuel and income support to people displaced by the conflict as well as those hosting them.We rehabilitate damaged water systems to improve access to clean water. We construct sanitation facilities in camps and settlements to prevent the spread of disease.

Through our long-term development program, often working through South Sudanese partners, 350,000 people have been supported in activities to improve agriculture and rebuild livelihoods, peace building and reconciliation as well as good governance. We distribute seeds and farming tools to displaced communities, conduct training on farming methods and provide fishing gear.

Oxfam has reached more than 20,000 Juba residents as it continues to fight the cholera outbreak that is having a devastating effect on many of the city’s residents. We are repairing boreholes, as well as distributing soap, buckets and water treatment tablets. Public awareness campaigns on cholera prevention and treatment are also being conducted.

Averting a deeper emergency

Despite the signing of a peace agreement in August 2015, the ceasefire has been repeatedly breached, renewing fighting and intensifying insecurity in many parts of South Sudan.

Forced displacement, lack of humanitarian access and collapsed markets have created conditions that have left nearly a third of the population across the country without enough food to eat.

We are supplying life-saving essentials to families in desperate need. With your help we can do more.

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Updated 23 September 2016