Food Crisis in South Sudan

Conflict in South Sudan

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Millions of people in South Sudan are at acute risk of hunger following the violence that erupted in December 2013, and more than a million of them have fled their homes in search of safety. Oxfam is rushing food and clean water to crowded makeshift camps, and working to prevent disease outbreaks.

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How we're responding

Updated June 2014

The violence that erupted in South Sudan in mid-December 2013 has sent more than a million people fleeing for their lives. More than four million are now in urgent need of assistance; the UN is warning that unless they receive help, a staggering 50,000 children could die this year from malnutrition.

Oxfam is responding inside South Sudan—in the locations shown in the map above—and in neighboring Uganda, where many people have taken refuge. We are preparing to assist South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, as well.

In South Sudan, where there has already been a deadly outbreak of cholera, Oxfam is providing clean water through a network of wells, tanks, pipes, and taps; in some cases, we deliver water by truck. To improve sanitation, we are digging latrines and managing waste disposal, and to help families practice safe hygiene, we are distributing materials like soap and sanitary pads, and sharing information about how to prevent waterborne disease.

To help vulnerable families meet their urgent food needs, we are distributing food, fuel-efficient stoves, and vouchers for charcoal; we are also providing vulnerable families with cash so they can buy essentials from their local markets. We have distributed seeds and tools to help thousands of struggling farmers feed their families, and we have provided many households with solar lamps - part of our work to reduce the risks faced by women and girls in the crowded camps.

In Uganda, Oxfam is providing clean water to refugees, improving sanitation facilities, and promoting safe hygiene practices. We are also distributing fuel-efficient stoves, farming tools, and vegetable seedlings, and providing short-term employment to help people restart their incomes.

In all, Oxfam is reaching nearly 300,000 people with assistance in this crisis.

But 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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