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Over five million South Sudanese are in need of humanitarian assistance

Over five million South Sudanese are in need of humanitarian assistance

Five years after its Independence South Sudan is on the brink of collapse and starvation.

Families are running out of food and children are suffering from excruciating hunger.

More than 50,000 civilians have been killed and millions have been forced to flee their homes.

We’re delivering lifesaving food and medical care to families in desperate need.

You can help – please donate to our Global Emergency Fund.

Political instability, violent conflict and risk of famine are threatening South Sudan’s future.

Over five million people, almost half of South Sudan’s population, are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

More than two million people – the vast majority women and children – have lost their homes.

With such widespread displacement, many people are unable to farm or access normal food sources, leading to drastically reduced food production. At the same time, prices have increased dramatically.

The Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) on food security has warned that nearly five million people are suffering from extreme hunger with parts of Unity State at risk of famine.

©Lucy Beck/CARE
©Lucy Beck/CARE
©Lucy Beck/CARE
©Lucy Beck/CARE

In November 2015, after their home was burned down in the fighting, Chianyal and her family fled. It took them four days to walk to the UN’s Protection of Civilians site where they could take shelter.

Chianyal walked the whole way and her mother Angeline says she cried a lot.

It is currently rainy season in South Sudan so the POC site is filled with mud and dirty water.

 “We don’t even have mattresses or anything to sleep on,” says Angeline, “We sleep in the mud.”

“No home to return to”

Ongoing heavy rains have caused floods and increased risk of disease and contamination, with more than 6,200 cases of cholera reported, including 157 deaths.

Humanitarian agencies estimate that the crisis will severely affect more than 50 per cent of the population.

Severe malnutrition rates among children under five have doubled since January and an estimated 10,000 people have been killed since conflict began on 15 December 2013.

Family in South Sudan
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Child in South Sudan
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‘Many have been forced to flee and take refuge in makeshift settlements with little access to water, toilets or medical services. They are exhausted, traumatised and have had little food or water. Many are still too afraid to go home, and given the scale of the destruction, many may have no home to return to,’ says Aimee Ansari, CARE’s Country Director in South Sudan.

Food, shelter, water and sanitation infrastructure, medical services, cooking and household supplies are all immediate needs, with women and girls at risk as they are outside the protection of their homes and cut off from traditional support systems.

Baby in South Sudan
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South Sudan Appeal
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CARE is providing critical support

We have already provided emergency help to 319,000 people in desperate need.

CARE-supported health facilities, including mobile health clinics, are providing life-saving medical services in some of the worst affected areas of the country. Our medical aid includes nutrition support for malnourished children and pregnant women, and vaccinations to prevent the spread of diseases like cholera and malaria.

We are distributing seeds, tools and fishing kits to help families restore their crops and their livelihoods.

Inside UN bases, CARE is providing water and hygiene, nutrition and protection services.

We are also working to reduce and prevent incidents of gender-based violence.

Seed distribution
©Josh Estey/CARE
©Dan Alder/CARE

CARE in South Sudan

CARE has been operating in South Sudan since 1995, long before independence. Prior to the conflict, CARE was reaching around 650,000 people with:

  • health care, including primary and reproductive health
  • nutrition
  • water and sanitation
  • economic empowerment
  • supporting good governance
  • preventing gender-based violence.

Lessons and Impact

We analyse and evaluate our projects to monitor results and learn how we can improve programs.

Visit CARE’s Electronic Evaluation Library for evaluation reports from South Sudan and other countries.

Other resources

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Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Should the funds raised through an emergency appeal exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond CARE’s control which limit its ability to utilise all funds in the affected areas, CARE will direct excess funds to other emergency relief activities in the future.

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