South Sudan is facing a catastrophic humanitarian crisis driven by nearly four years of brutal civil war.
Right now 4.8 million people—almost half the country—are facing extreme hunger. Nearly 4 million have been forced to flee their homes; 2 million are in neighboring countries, making this the largest refugee crisis in Africa.
Because of the conflict, this year’s harvests will be paltry or non-existent for many. The fact that South Sudan is facing this disaster now, during the harvest season, is an ominous sign for the long dry months ahead.
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. Since February 2017 when famine was declared in parts of the country, Oxfam has provided food to more than 360,000 people.
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.
Uganda is now sheltering more than one million South Sudanese refugees. For many families, the decision to leave home for a life of uncertainty is not made lightly. And the journey—often on foot—can be full of danger.
Oxfam is helping nearly two million people in hunger-ravaged countries, including South Sudan, providing families with desperately needed food, clean drinking water, and sanitation. But we need to scale up those efforts, and we urgently need your support to help save lives.