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.
6.1 million in need of emergency assistance
1.5 million displaced
3.6 million severely food insecure
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So far, CARE has assisted more than 600,000 people with life-saving support in four of the hardest hit states: Jonglei, Upper Nile, Unity and Eastern Equatoria.
Food distribution: CARE is distributing emergency food to displaced populations as well as cash and food for work programs for host communities.
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.
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