Our work in South Sudan
Our work in South Sudan
Concern’s team in South Sudan is responding to a deepening crisis caused by conflict and growing food insecurity. More than 2.2 million people have been displaced and 2.8 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian action to save lives and prevent famine. Over 6 million people are estimated to need help to restore livelihoods and reduce hunger.
Conflict and climate combine
A serious food crisis is now escalating due to a potent combination of late rains and the consequences of conflict including: spiralling inflation, interrupted trade and a lack of cultivation due to displacement by war (as detailed in last year’s Global Hunger Index case study). In the first few months of 2016 an acute food emergency is expected to extend into three states as conflict continues, severely limiting food availability and access.
Our emergency programmes in South Sudan, funded by ECHO, Irish Aid, the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and the UN primarily focus on nutrition (preventative and curative), clean water supply and sanitation, as well as shelter and essential supplies for displaced families.
Our teams have been on the ground in Bentiu January 2014, just weeks after the conflict first erupted. We are currently providing clean water and latrines for more than 31,000 people living in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) camp in Bentiu. We are also treating moderately and severely malnourished children, with over 13,000 children treated for acute malnutrition in 2015 with a similar number expected in 2016. Our teams are also building new shelters for families in the Bentiu PoC, with approximately 9,300 already constructed, providing robust shelters for over 107,000 people.
Concern is also working in the capital, Juba. We are distributing food and vouchers to over 2,400 displaced families and treating malnourished children in the camps and in three primary health care units.
Northern Bahr el Ghazal
Northern Bahr el Ghazal has also been indirectly affected by the conflict and severe droughts and Concern will be scaling up our nutrition and health programming in response to rising levels of malnutrition in the state. We are also continuing our long-term development work in Northern Bahr Ghazal, which has stayed relatively stable throughout the conflict. This includes improving access to treatment for malnutrition through the local health system as well as agriculture and livelihoods initiatives.
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