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.

Latest South Sudan Fact Sheet

Key Developments

Health actors are scaling up Ebola virus disease (EVD) preparedness activities in areas of South Sudan located near the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda amid ongoing concerns of possible cross-border EVD transmission, the Government of the Republic of South Sudan Ministry of Health reports. However, relief organizations report that persistent shortages of health supplies and humanitarian access impediments continue to complicate disease prevention and preparedness efforts. As of August 14, health actors had not confirmed any EVD cases in South Sudan.

Insecurity continues to disrupt humanitarian activities across South Sudan. In Central Equatoria State, several incidents of violence have adversely affected EVD preparedness activities in recent weeks, relief actors report.

Since June, heavy seasonal rains have triggered flooding in Jonglei State, prompting local authorities to request humanitarian assistance for affected populations. In response, USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance partners are providing emergency health services and livestock support.








Total USG Humanitarian Funding For The South Sudan Crisis In FY 2018 - 2019


Total USG Humanitarian Funding for the South Sudan Response in FY 2014 -2019, including funding for South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries


*These figures are current as of August 14, 2019


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 06, 2019

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