ALERT: On February 20, 2017 the United Nations declared a famine in parts of South Sudan.
Violence erupted in December 2013, forcing more than a million people to flee their homes and causing thousands of deaths.
The escalation of conflict across various parts of the country in June and July 2016, has exacerbated an already dire humanitarian situation. One in three people in South Sudan are severely food insecure and malnutrition rates, particularly among children, have reached critical levels. Over 45 per cent of the population is in need of urgent humanitarian aid.
7.5 million in need of urgent emergency assistance
1.9 million displaced
5.5 million projected to be severely insecure at height of 2017
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CARE has reached over 350,000 people in South Sudan since the conflict began in 2013, providing food and livelihood support to the displaced. We also provide emergency nutrition support to malnourished children in Unity State, which is where the famine was declared.
In the upcoming months, CARE and partners are planning to support more than 100,000 South Sudanese refugees in the West Nile region of Uganda with shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene support, as well as much needed psychosocial support and gender-based violence (GBV) services. Refugees’ involvement into the response will play a critical role - particularly refugee women.
CARE is also working to help increase household access to food and promote market based farming. CARE is helping to set up farmer associations and savings groups in conflict affected areas where formal banking systems have shut down, allowing people access to an alternative source of income and a means of saving to improve their resilience to emergencies.
VIDEO: CARE South Sudan Country Director Fred McCray provides an update on the humanitarian crisis unfolding in South Sudan.
Famine declared in South Sudan, Urgent Action Needed
Parts of South Sudan are in famine and action must be urgently taken to save lives, according to a leading food security monitoring agency. In an update published Feb. 20, the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification stated, "With consistent, adequate, and timely humanitarian interventions, the Famine classification could be reversed with many lives saved." Read more
South Sudan: Violence Fuels Humanitarian Crisis
South Sudan faces a spiralling humanitarian crisis as the recent surge in fighting prevents aid agencies from providing urgent help to millions of people in need. Violence and insecurity continue in Juba and are spreading to other states despite a fragile ceasefire in a country where half the population relies on humanitarian aid, ten aid agencies warned today. Read more
Aid workers in South Sudan: "Who will treat us when you leave?"
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