Conflict has brought South Sudan to its knees, as 6.1 million face severe hunger

Published: 28th September 2018

Following the release of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report for South Sudan, Oxfam’s County Director in South Sudan Ranjan Poudyal said:

"Almost five years of devastating conflict has brought South Sudan to its knees and left more people in more parts of the country suffering catastrophic levels of hunger.

“The recent peace agreement brought hope to many, but the reports of sporadic fighting since then are extremely worrying. To end the suffering and give people a genuine chance of improving their lives, lasting peace must hold in every part of the country.

 “All parties to the conflict must commit completely to the ceasefire and those who break it must be held urgently and effectively to account.

"Aid organizations must also be given safe and unrestricted access to provide support to South Sudan’s people in all corners of the country."

Notes to editors

Oxfam's County Director in South Sudan Ranjan Poudyal is available for interviews

Contact information

In the UK: Oxfam media officer Serena Tramonti on +44 7825780651 or
In South Sudan: Tim Bierley, Oxfam South Sudan Campaigns Manager on Tel: +211 926 145 021 or

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Oxfam is supporting over 500,000 people with emergency and longer-term support, including food, water and hygiene items to the most vulnerable people, and is also responding to the refugee crisis regionally in Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia.

Read more on Oxfam's humanitarian response in South Sudan.