Read our 2022 annual report
Why are we in South Sudan? South Sudan gained independence in July 2011 and has experienced a long history of conflict, displacement, and deepening humanitarian needs. The Human Development Index (HDI) places South Sudan last out of 91 countries. Conflict and flooding have increased the number of IDPs to 2.2 million people in 2023 across the country. We are responding by providing emergency, resilience, and long-term development programming.
Widespread displacement puts untold pressure on people’s ability to cope
In February 2020, the establishment of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) marked a step forward in South Sudan’s peace process, which has seen a largely successful ceasefire and a reduction in conflict since 2018. However, the impact of years of fighting has destroyed livelihoods, and persistent localised insecurity means an estimated, 9.4 million people (76% of the population) are in need of humanitarian assistance in 2023.
In 2023, an estimated 7.8 million people (63% of the population) are expected to experience severe food insecurity at the peak of the lean season (April-July). Between July 2022 and June 2023, an estimated 1.4 million children under five are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition.
“It’s hard to cope with what you’re seeing because people have nothing. It was two days wandering around the camp before I saw a child with a piece of paper. There are no toys. Nothing.”
In 2022, Concern reached over 430,000 of some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in South Sudan through health and nutrition, livelihoods, WASH, food security and shelter programmes.
Brian Maguire programme visit
Irish artist Brian Maguire travelled with Concern Worldwide to an IDP camp in Bentiu in 2018. The site is home to 112,829 people who have been displaced by war in South Sudan. His ‘HUMANITY Site Unseen’ exhibition is inspired by the people he met there. His works bear witness to a crisis so vast, its sufferers have been rendered anonymous by scale.
How we're helping South Sudan
We're working hard to respond to the growing needs in South Sudan through emergency programming which includes activities around health, food security, and water sanitation and hygiene.
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