Conflict in South Sudan
Stories & updates
South Sudan, which became the world’s newest nation in 2011 with high hopes for the future of its people, is now in the grip of a conflict-triggered food crisis.
In the midst of conflict and displacement, public health promoters like Martha Nyadeng are helping families stay disease-free.
Though a cease-fire has been declared in South Sudan, the conflict has displaced nearly half a million people.
How we're responding
The violence that erupted in South Sudan in mid-December 2013 has sent more than a million people fleeing for their lives. Oxfam is responding inside South Sudan and in neighboring Uganda, where many people have taken refuge. We are now helping more than 84,900 people.
In South Sudan, Oxfam is providing water to nearly 70,000 people through a network of taps, pipes, and tanks that ensure the water’s cleanliness and make it accessible to as many as possible. At UN House, a camp for displaced people in Juba, we are supplying 192,000 liters of water a day. In conjunction with water delivery, Oxfam is providing public health training—such as hand-washing, waste disposal, and environmental cleanliness—to help prevent the spread of waterborne diseases. Children have participated in sessions that include games, pictures, songs, and drama that reinforce some basic hygiene messages. Along with the public health outreach, Oxfam has also built more than 500 latrines in Juba and Awerial.
Oxfam has launched a project to distribute charcoal for cooking fires at UN House so that people do not have to risk leaving safety to hunt for firewood. Oxfam is also distributing fuel-efficient stoves and gridning mills to improve people’s access to food.
Oxfam and the wider aid community have called on both sides of the conflict to take steps to protect civilians and to provide safe humanitarian access to people in urgent need of assistance throughout the country.