Violence erupted in December 2013, forcing more than a million people to flee their homes and causing thousands of deaths. One in three people in South Sudan are severely food insecure and malnutrition rates, particularly among children, have reached critical levels.

5.1 million in need of emergency assistance
1.6 million displaced
4.8 million facing starvation

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So far, CARE has assisted more than 300,000 people with life-saving support in four of the hardest hit states: Jonglei, Upper Nile, Unity and Eastern Equatoria.

This includes:

Health: CARE supports over 40 health facilities and the majority have remained open despite the fighting. These clinics are providing basic health care, essential nutrition information for mothers and children, and sexual and reproductive health services. Many of our facilities have been close to the violence and, in some cases, have treated the wounded. 

Water and Hygiene: Since January, CARE has been reaching displaced people and host communities with water, sanitation and hygiene services. This includes distributing hand soap and providing education on hand washing, and personal and food hygiene.

Protecting Women and Girls: The conflict has seen a surge in violence against women, and it is getting worse. CARE is working to prevent sexual and gender-based violence. This includes hosting education sessions about the causes, consequences and prevention of this violence for thousands of people. 

Supporting Refugees in Uganda: CARE is aiding refugees who have fled South Sudan with water, sanitation and hygiene assistance along with protection support for women and girls. We are monitoring the refugee situation in Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan, and planning a potential response.


 South Sudan through the eyes of a child: Zeieya's story

Zeieya was born on the Friday just before Independence Day in South Sudan on July 9, 2011. Her name means “when a new era comes in” and she was named to commemorate the independence of her country. What is her life like now, five years after independence? Read more


South Sudan Marks Independence Day on Brink of Collapse, Warns CARE

As South Sudan marks its fifth Independence Day on July 9, economic fallout, political instability and risk of famine loom large and threaten South Sudan’s future, warns CARE. The Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) on food security reported recently that an estimated 4.8 million people are suffering from extreme hunger with parts of Unity State at risk of famine. Read more 

Malnutrition rates reach critical levels as South Sudan faces another food crisis

Malnutrition rates in some parts of South Sudan have reached critical levels according to aid organization CARE International. Across South Sudan, more than 3.8 million people were unable to meet their food needs in April. The figure is expected to rise to 4.6 million by July, according to the latest results of the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC), the tool used to monitor the status of the food crisis in South Sudan. Read more


South Sudan One Year Later: CARE Calls for Health System to be at Heart of Humanitarian Response
Before conflict erupted on Dec. 15, 2013, South Sudan’s frail healthcare system was struggling. Twelve months later, a new CARE report suggests the diagnosis has become critical. Read the news release.
Report executive summary (PDF) | Full report (PDF)