In South Sudan, conflict and depleted harvests have created a complex food crisis.

6.1 million people (more than half the county's population) are severely food insecure.

South Sudan became an independent country on 9 July 2011, after its population voted in a January referendum to separate from its northern neighbour, Sudan.

Violence broke out in December 2013 between the government and opposition forces. Fighting has continued sporadically since then.

To date, 4.1 million South Sudanese have fled their homes, and more than 2.2 million of those are now in refugee settlements in neighbouring countries including Uganda.  

While the signing of a peace agreement in September 2018 put a formal end to conflict, 7.1 million people still need humanitarian aid. 

In areas affected by conflict, food assistance has become people's main source of food. But it isn't enough to meet all their needs, and malnutrition is now a major public health emergency. It's estimated that 220,000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

 

World Vision's response in East Africa

We urgently need support to scale up our humanitarian response in the region and ensure children and their families receive life-saving support.  

Between October 2017 and September 2018, we were able to reach more than 2.7 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.  

We continue to work across the region to deliver food and nutrition services, clean water and sanitation, healthcare, education, child protection and livelihoods support.

In refugee settlements in Uganda for instance, refugees are taking up income-generating activities to become self-reliant. Such programs have proven to be successful in enabling vulnerable families without a means of earning an income to have access to livelihood opportunities and sufficiently support their families.