South Sudan is facing a major humanitarian crisis, with the UN warning that 60% of the population are “increasingly hungry”. Since the civil war in South Sudan broke out in 2013, communities have been struggling to recover. This saw almost 400,000 people lose their lives and over 3.5 million people displaced amid the conflict. Despite a formal ceasefire, communities in South Sudan are still suffering.
South Sudan is now facing the biggest refugee crisis in Africa. Violence continues among between communities, continuing to cause loss of life, destruction and displacement. Many communities, particularly those people who have been displaced from their homes, have little or no access to food, safe drinking water or health care.
Now, the situation in South Sudan has become even worse, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and flooding in the country over the past year, which has caused widespread destruction. Sadly, more flooding is anticipated towards the end of this month, which will cause further devastation.
Over 7 million people – 60% of the population – in South Sudan are facing a major food crisis. They do not know where their next meal is coming from and they are living in dire conditions.
Intercommunal conflict also means that many communities are unable to cultivate their crops and grow food, making the food crisis even worse. The conflict has also let to an increase in sexual violence and fear.
Communities in South Sudan urgently need food, as well as water, hygiene items, healthcare and shelter.
What we’re doing to help
Islamic Relief are currently establishing the most effective way to support those affected by the humanitarian crisis. We are focusing on the areas of Tonj North and Terekeka County in Central Equatorial State, which has been hit the hardest by the food crisis, with malnutrition rife in these areas.
Islamic Relief has been helping vulnerable people in South Sudan since 2005, and with your help we can continue our lifesaving work in the country and beyond. Please donate to our Global Emergencies Fund.