Our work in South Sudan

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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 1.5 million people have been displaced and 3.9 million people are in need of urgent action to save livelihoods and lives and prevent famine.

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 this year’s Global Hunger Index case study). Between January and March 2016, an acute food emergency is expected to extend into three states as conflict continues, severely limiting food availability and access.

Emergency response

Our ECHO funded emergency support project in South Sudan primarily focuses on preventing malnutrition. It does this through the promotion of caring, feeding and hygiene practices in families and runs until 2015.


Our teams have been on the ground in Bentiu January 2014, just weeks after the civil war first erupted. We are currently providing clean water and latrines for more than 23,000 people living in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) camp in Bentiu. We are also treating moderately and severely malnourished children, with approximately 200 children currently in our care for severe malnutrition and 3,500 for moderate. Our teams are also building new shelters for families in the Bentiu PoC, with approximately 7,000 already constructed and another 3,500 planned.

Concern Worldwide's CEO Dominic MacSorley was in Bentiu recently and reported on the progress he saw there.


Concern is also working in the capital, Juba. We are distributing food and vouchers to displaced families and treating malnourished children in the camps and in three primary health care units. 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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Long-term work

In South Sudan, our development work is centred in the Northern Bahr el Ghazal counties of Aweil North and Aweil West. We first started working in Sudan in 1985 in response to refugees entering the country from Ethiopia.

Our long-term work is mainly focused on health, nutrition and livelihoods. We run a large CMAM programme and support the Ministry of Health to run health clinics in remote areas. We help extremely poor families to increase the food they can grow themselves.

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Our ECHO funded emergency support project focuses on preventing malnutrition.