South Sudan

South Sudan

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. In response to the growing needs, we are providing emergency, resilience and long-term development programming.

Widespread displacement puts untold pressure on people’s ability to cope

Over two million South Sudanese refugees have fled into neighbouring countries and another 1.74 million are displaced within South Sudan. Many of the internally displaced people are living in Protection of Civilian sites. Hunger and food insecurity are extremely prevalent. In 2017, famine was declared in some parts of the country, and currently, 59% of the population – or 6.1 million people – do not have sufficient access to food. The humanitarian response plan for 2019 estimates that seven million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

Irish artist Brian Maguire pictured alongside paintings which were inspired following his recent visit to a Protection of Civilian Camp in Bentiu, South Sudan with Concern. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
“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.”
Brian Maguire - Irish artist

Latest achievements

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Programme impact

Concern reached over 400,000 of some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in South Sudan through health and nutrition, water, sanitation, food security, and shelter programmes.

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Emergency response

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Building NGO capacity

Jantik, a young boy living in the PoC of Juba, South Sudan smiles at the camera. Photo: Steve De Neef/Concern Worldwide.
Jantik, a young boy living in the PoC of Juba, South Sudan smiles at the camera. Photo: Steve De Neef/Concern Worldwide.
The lead mothers of Concern's nutrition programme in Bentiu's PoC sing and dance.Photo: Steve De Neef/Concern Worldwide.
The lead mothers of Concern's nutrition programme in Bentiu's PoC sing and dance.Photo: Steve De Neef/Concern Worldwide.
A monthly food distribution in Juba PoC. Photo: Steve De Neef/Concern Worldwide.
A monthly food distribution in Juba PoC. Photo: Steve De Neef/Concern Worldwide.
Tapitha Nyasunday and Nhachuodier Liem Tai, participants of Irish artist Brian Maguire's workshop holds up her resulting painting. Photo: Steve De Neef/Concern Worldwide.
Tapitha Nyasunday and Nhachuodier Liem Tai, participants of Irish artist Brian Maguire's workshop holds up her resulting painting. Photo: Steve De Neef/Concern Worldwide.
Tieni Gal (8) with her cousin Malech Jal (16) inside their home in Bentiu's PoC. Photo: Steve De Neef/Concern Worldwide.
Tieni Gal (8) with her cousin Malech Jal (16) inside their home in Bentiu's PoC. Photo: Steve De Neef/Concern Worldwide.
Veronike Meer, a lead mother in Concern's MIYCN programme with Simon, a Concern nutrition worker. Photo: Steve De Neef/Concern Worldwide.
Veronike Meer, a lead mother in Concern's MIYCN programme with Simon, a Concern nutrition worker. Photo: Steve De Neef/Concern Worldwide.

Brian Maguire programme visit

Irish artist Brian Maguire travelled with Concern Worldwide to a Protection of Civilian camp in Bentiu in 2018. The site is home to 120,000 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, it's 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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Group 19Food security and livelihoods
Group 19Water, sanitation and hygiene

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