South Sudan

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Over 6 million people in South Sudan currently depend on humanitarian aid for their survival.

The crisis in brief

A vicious conflict that has been raging across South Sudan for more than two years has left tens of thousands of people dead and forced more than 2 million people to flee their homes. Today, more than half the country's people face a daily struggle for survival.

Following further outbreaks of violence in late 2016, Fred McCray, CARE’s Country Director in South Sudan, said:

Previously peaceful areas have now plunged into violence, leaving fields abandoned, houses burnt, assets looted. Seeds and tools have been destroyed and farmers are too scared to plough their fields or sell products at the markets. Many people have fled their homes, leaving productive lands fallow. This desolate state of survival has become the new normal for millions of families in South Sudan.

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Click here to read the latest stories from CARE’s emergency response in South Sudan.

What we are doing

CARE’s emergency response has directly assisted more than 470,000 people (overall figure as at December 2016) in four of the worst affected states, with emergency water, sanitation, nutrition, health, hygiene, education and protection support. We also support over 40 health facilities in Unity and Upper Nile States.


​​The humanitarian needs resulting from the conflict - which began in December 2013 - mean hundreds of thousands people in South Sudan are struggling to cope.

  • 1.6 million people have been forced to flee their homes and remain internally displaced
  • Most of them are living in unregulated and insecure camps; more than half of them are children and young people aged under 18
  • 720,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries - Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda
  • An estimated 24,500 women and girls are at risk of sexual violence
  • 3.8 million people are in emergency or crisis level food insecurity - meaning they don't have access to enough food to eat
  • Severe acute malnutrition among children under 5 has doubled since January 2014
Our response

CARE teams are responding to the crisis in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states - the most conflict-affected and hardest-to-reach areas of South Sudan. As at June 2016, we had:

  • provided 319,000 people with food security and livelihood support
  • treated 33,673 children for acute malnutrition
  • reached 22,860 people through mobile clinic services
  • reach 301,081 people with curative health services
  • reached 16,157 people with sexual and gender-based violence awareness messaging
  • involved 17,912 people in conflict mitigation and resolution through peace committees.

CARE South Sudan Factsheet June 2016

CARE is increasingly turning its focus to remote communities. While much of the humanitarian response has been centred around Protection of Civilian sites, currently housing around 100,000 people, the majority of South Sudanese affected by the conflict live in areas cut off by fighting, seasonal flooding or poor infrastructure. In Unity state, CARE teams travel on foot to vaccinate children against polio and measles, and deliver life saving drugs and nutrition supplies. In Jonglei, CARE provides seeds and tools to communities hosting South Sudanese who have fled from fighting. 

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