South Sudan is facing a catastrophic humanitarian crisis driven by nearly four years of brutal civil war.
Right now, 6.3 million people are struggling to get enough to eat, and are dependent on humanitarian aid that is increasingly difficult to access. 4.8 million of these people—almost half of the country—are facing extreme hunger. More South Sudanese people are hungry than ever before. Approximately 4.2 million have been forced to flee their homes; 2.4 million are in neighboring countries.
In the more than 30 years Oxfam has worked in these affected areas, it has never witnessed such dire need. Oxfam has been providing clean water and sanitation services to help prevent the spread of diseases—like cholera and diarrhea—which can lead to malnutrition and prove fatal.
Famine was declared in parts of South Sudan in February 2017. Since then, humanitarian aid has helped halt famine, but the situation continues to rapidly deteriorate across the country.
We need to scale up those efforts, and we urgently need your support to help save lives.