Conflict in South Sudan

Conflict in South Sudan

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The world's newest nation is in the grip of a major food crisis triggered by conflict. Oxfam has been providing families with emergency food, clean water, and sanitation services while advocating for an end to the violence. Donate now or sign up to stay up to date with more ways to can help.

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Severe hunger ravages South Sudan

Nearly two years of war have helped to trigger widespread hunger that is now affecting a third of the population.

How we're responding

Updated February 2016

Fighting that erupted in South Sudan in mid-December 2013 has forced more than two million people from their homes, and made it impossible for many people to work in their fields or get to their jobs.

Between January and March, food experts predict that 2.8 million people—almost one quarter of the population—will be severely hungry. And without immediate access to food aid, 40,000 people in Unity State are facing catastrophe. The suffering in South Sudan will only end if the fighting stops immediately and the August 2015 peace agreement is upheld.

Since the conflict first broke out, Oxfam has helped nearly 860,000 people with emergency services that have included the distribution of food, the provision of clean water, and hygiene promotion. Highlights of our work in Jonglei state include:

  • In Lankien, we have been drilling wells, building latrines, and spreading the word on good hygiene practices. We have also distributed emergency food—including sorghum, beans, salt, and oil—to more than 22,000 people.
  • In Waat and Walgak, we have repaired deep wells to improve access to clean water for 35,800 people while continuing to promote good hygiene practices.
  • In Bor and Twic East: We have rehabilitated the water and sanitation facilities at the Bor hospital, promoted good hygiene practices in local schools, and distributed wooden mortars for people to grind seeds. We have also been working with people to improve their means of earning income by distributing seeds for planting and helping families to acquire goats.
  • In Akobo, we have been helping families with emergency food.

And in areas across the country where conflict has made it difficult for aid groups to reach, we have been organizing large-scale air drops of food. An emergency team has also been providing water and sanitation services and hygiene promotion to tens of thousands of displaced people in Unity state. We have also helped 100,000 South Sudanese refugees who fled to Ethiopia seeking security and another 145,000 in Uganda.

Along with our emergency support, we have also been working with local partner groups on longer-term projects that have helped about 350,000 people. We have focused on improving agriculture, peace building and reconciliation, and good governance.

And our work goes beyond providing direct aid: Oxfam has been advocating for an end to the violence and for a global surge in the aid effort to avert catastrophic levels of hunger and suffering.

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