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Famine in South Sudan

Conflict in South Sudan

Help save lives

Famine has hit parts of South Sudan and may be imminent in Somalia, Yemen, and Nigeria. In conflict-wracked South Sudan, where more than three million people have fled their homes, Oxfam has helped more than 600,000 people in the past year with emergency food distributions, clean water, and longer-term support while also calling for an end to the violence.

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Updated February 2017

Fighting has ravaged South Sudan for the past three years, helping to push parts of the country into famine and leaving 7.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. More than 1.4 million people have fled, seeking safety in neighboring countries like Uganda, which now hosts more than 600,000 South Sudanese refugees.

With more than 51 percent of the population under the age of 18, the ongoing violence is robbing the country of its future: Kids can’t attend school and many are being recruited by armed groups or have become victims of the fighting. The economy has taken a severe beating: inflation rates as high as 800 percent a year mean that families are struggling to afford even the basics, such as food. One in three people are now severely hungry and more than a million children under the age of 5 are acutely malnourished.

Oxfam is striving to meet the urgent needs of the most vulnerable people and last year we reached more than 600,000 of them with emergency and longer-term support. Our help has included:

  • drilling and repairing wells, testing and treating water, training committees on water supply maintenance;
  • building latrines;
  • hygiene promotion;
  • food distribution;
  • distribution of cash and vouchers for families to use in local markets
  • support to help families set up small businesses;
  • provision of training and tools for agriculture and fish farming

To stop the spread of famine, Oxfam is calling for the transitional government to ensure aid workers can reach people with the greatest needs. Warring parties must uphold the ceasefire, and donors must renew their commitment to the people of South Sudan by ensuring the humanitarian response is fully funded.

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