Conflict in South Sudan
Stories & updates
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.
"While I was in Awerial you could hear heaving shelling and aerial bombing from the Bor side."
How we're responding
The violence that erupted in South Sudan in mid-December 2013 has sent more than 550,000 people fleeing for their lives. Oxfam is responding inside South Sudan and in neighboring Uganda, where many have taken refuge.
In South Sudan, Oxfam has assisted more than 110,000 people. We are trucking clean drinking water to the informal settlements where displaced people have gathered; for situations where people may still be using untreated water, we are providing training in the use of water-purification tablets. Improving sanitation is critical, so we are working with community members to install latrines. (In one camp, we are building 50 emergency latrines per day.) We are also working with the World Food Program to distribute food, and we are disseminating critical information about hygiene.
In Uganda, where more than 50,000 people have crossed the border in recent weeks, host communities are being pushed to the breaking point. As of late January, more than 1,000 South Sudanese refugees—mostly women and children—were flooding into Uganda, where they faced acute shortages of clean water, and health and sanitation facilities. Oxfam is ramping up its work to provide drinking water and construct latrines and areas for bathing, laundry, and washing hands.
Oxfam and the wider aid community welcome the recent ceasefire agreement and 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.