Woman stands outside health centre with baby swathed in a pink blanket in her arms. Four people sit behind her wearing face coverings.Woman stands outside health centre with baby swathed in a pink blanket in her arms. Four people sit behind her wearing face coverings.

Help children in South Sudan survive deadly hunger

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Giving €72 can buy one month’s worth of life-saving therapeutic food to protect two children from deadly hunger

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A deadly enemy threatens the lives of over 1.4 million children in South Sudan - one so powerful it can harm infants as they lie in their mothers' arms.

That enemy is hunger and we desperately need your help to beat it.

Imagine living in a place where one in 10 children won't live to see their fifth birthday?

That is the reality for families in conflict-hit countries like South Sudan, where people are three times more likely to be malnourished than those living in countries without violence. Children are most vulnerable to the food insecurity and cruel hunger that fighting causes.

Several regions of South Sudan have already reached critical levels of hunger and are now at risk of famine. Our teams are urgently trying to prevent a catastrophic loss of life across the country.

Woman sits outside hut cradling a baby girl in her arms
Daniela John with her daughter at our Nutrition Centre. Photo: Samir Bol / Concern Worldwide
An infant sits in a green plastic chair looking at the camera with her hand over her mouth. Behind her, a second child sits on the floor.
Our nutrition team treats Nyaguande (with sister Maya, 2). Photo: Samir Bol / Concern Worldwide
Unsmiling young woman sits with two infants in her arms looking at the camera. In the background is a third child sitting on a blue plastic chair..
Daniela's sister Khamisa John (18) sits with three nieces. Photo: Samir Bol / Concern Worldwide
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Daniela and Nyaguande

Daniela has survived unimaginable suffering.

In 2013, when she was just 12 years old, a brutal civil war broke out in South Sudan, forcing her family to flee their house in Malakal.

Daniela’s last memory of her hometown is witnessing her father’s murder just feet from where she stood.

Almost 10 years later, she is living with her four children amongst 29,000 displaced people in a camp in Juba set up by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

People queue outside the entrance to the Concern Nutrition Facility in Juba
Entrance to the Concern Nutrition Facility in Juba. Photo: Samir Bol/ Concern Worldwide
Woman with baby in her arms stands in front of a desk, behind which sits a man checking documents.
Daniela at our Nutrition Centre with her daughter. Photo: Samir Bol / Concern Worldwide

Daniela feels the only way to protect her children is to continue living in the safety of the camp.

She is unable to work and has almost no money to feed her children.

If there is no food, they start crying and this is what hurts me a lot. So I take the plate and go to the neighbours’ houses and ask them to help my children.

Daniela

Daniela’s baby daughter Nyaguande has gotten so hungry she would often eat charcoal and mud on the ground to fill her stomach.

At nine months old, however, Nyaguande started refusing food and milk and suffering vomiting and diarrhoea.

Daniela was very worried, but did not realise how gravely ill her little girl was until Concern health workers in the camp paid a visit.

Nyaguande was too weak to play with her siblings and they could tell by her appearance that she was in urgent need of care. An assessment confirmed that she suffering from severe malnutrition.

Nurse's rubber glove covered hand holds up an MUA band in a clinic consultation room as a mother sits with her baby in the background
MUAC band measures child's arm to identify malnutrition. Photo: Samir Bol / Concern Worldwide
Two infant girls sit in their mother's arms as she tears open a sachet of food for them.
Nyalada (r) and Nakuiy (l) receive food at our centre. Photo: Samir Bol / Concern Worldwide
Closeup of a baby sitting on a woman's knee as she feeds her a sachet of food
Plumpynut is a special food given to malnourished children. Photo: Samir Bol / Concern Worldwide

How Concern is helping

Nyaguande began receiving treatment at the Concern Nutrition Centre.

Our nurse and community facilitator supported Daniela, paying frequent visits to her home and advising her on how to prevent the other children from becoming malnourished.

Thankfully, Nyaguande's condition has improved significantly. Before, she was too weak to stand. Now, she can play happily with her siblings.

The infant’s appetite has come back too, which will help prevent her slipping back in to malnutrition.

“Concern staff are good people, I love dealing with them," Daniela says.

With the help of our team, Daniela has been able to save her daughter from the cruellest killer of all - hunger.

How much would you like to donate?

€36

one month’s worth of life-saving therapeutic food to protect a child from deadly hunger

€36
one month’s worth of life-saving therapeutic food to protect a child from deadly hunger
€72

one month’s worth of life-saving therapeutic food to protect two children from deadly hunger

€72
one month’s worth of life-saving therapeutic food to protect two children from deadly hunger
€108

one month’s worth of life-saving therapeutic food to protect three children from deadly hunger

€108
one month’s worth of life-saving therapeutic food to protect three children from deadly hunger

More families need your support

Mothers like Daniela are protecting their children from the violence and devastation in South Sudan. Without help, however, they are powerless against hunger.

With your support today, we can reach more children like Nyaguande with lifesaving food and treatment.

Please donate what you can to help protect them from this silent and deadly enemy.

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Woman stands outside health centre with baby swathed in a pink blanket in her arms. Four people sit behind her wearing face coverings.

Help provide life-saving food to families in South Sudan

  • Food insecurity caused by conflict has left South Sudan facing famine

  • Hunger threatens the lives of over 1.4 million children

  • Your support can provide families with life-saving food and treatment

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Our impact in 2021

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17.8 M

people reached through our emergency response

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11.4 M

people reached through our health interventions

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5.2 M

people reached through our livelihoods programmes

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