South Sudan

Residents of Juba arrive at the UN compound on December 20, 2013 where they sought shelter
Civilians fleeing the fighting in South Sudan have taken refuge at U.N. peacekeeping bases, including the one in the capital, Juba.
AFP/TONY KARUMBA

Latest South Sudan Fact Sheet

Key Developments

As of September 4, UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan and relief agency staff had completed the relocation of nearly 3,500 internally displaced persons from UN House protection of civilians site 3 in the capital city of Juba to a site in the city’s Mangateen neighborhood, the UN reports. Relocation activities commenced in late August in response to intracommunal clashes at the site. Relief organizations are assessing needs of the relocated population and planning response activities.

An interagency humanitarian convoy reached Western Bahr el Ghazal State’s Greater Baggari area, Wau County, on September 6 for the first time since June, according to the UN. Insecurity has restricted humanitarian access to Greater Baggari since June, disrupting life-saving interventions for the approximately 28,000 people displaced by clashes and reliant on humanitarian assistance to meet basic needs.


HUMANITARIAN FUNDING FOR THE SOUTH SUDAN RESPONSE

USAID/OFDA

$123,333,978

USAID/FFP

$335,998,924

State/PRM

$21,708,795

Total USG Humanitarian Funding For The South Sudan Crisis In FY 2018

$481,041,697

Total USG Humanitarian Funding for the South Sudan Response in FY 2014 -2018, including funding for South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries

$3,459,885,812

*These figures are current as of September 7, 2018

Background

Since gaining independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011, South Sudan has confronted a number of humanitarian challenges, including population movements and returnee integration. Ongoing conflict in Sudan’s Two Areas of Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan continues to result in refugee flows into South Sudan, straining scarce resources. In addition, many of the people displaced by violence in 2011 from areas north of the River Kiir in the disputed Abyei Area continue to reside in South Sudan. In the two and a half years since people of South Sudanese origin began returning from Sudan on a large scale directly before and after independence, vulnerable communities in South Sudan have struggled to accommodate more than 700,000 new arrivals, many of whom are rebuilding lives and livelihoods with few resources from which to draw. Inter-communal violence and general insecurity also persist in several parts of the country, particularly in Jonglei State, where fighting has led to significant displacement and deteriorating humanitarian conditions.

Lingering effects from more than 20 years of north-south conflict, poverty, and continued tension with Sudan, which led to a cessation of oil exports in 2012 that damaged South Sudan’s economy, compound the humanitarian situation. Confronting deteriorating economic conditions, populations are less able to cope with shocks and increasingly rely on the humanitarian community for basic food and non-food assistance. However, insecurity, bureaucratic harassment of relief organizations, logistical challenges, and Government of the Republic of South Sudan-imposed restrictions constrain humanitarian activities across the country, hindering the delivery of critical assistance to populations in need.

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Last updated: September 10, 2018

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