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

On June 28, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) distributed emergency food commodities and shelter supplies to vulnerable households in Unity State’s Leer County, marking ICRC’s first delivery of assistance in the county since fighting began in April. ICRC plans to assist a total of 8,000 conflict-affected households in the county in the coming weeks.

From January–May, the UN reported more than 380 security incidents that disrupted relief operations across South Sudan, including violence against humanitarian workers. On July 4, armed actors attacked a humanitarian convoy contracted by the UN Children’s Fund in Central Equatoria State, resulting in one aid worker death. South Sudan remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for humanitarian personnel, with the UN recording at least seven aid worker deaths since January.


HUMANITARIAN FUNDING FOR THE SOUTH SUDAN RESPONSE

USAID/OFDA

$34,969,837

USAID/FFP

$192,227,559

State/PRM

$21,708,795

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

$248,906,191

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

$3,202,750,306

*These figures are current as of July 6, 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: July 09, 2018

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