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South Sudan

  • Since South Sudan's conflict began in December 2013, USAID has been assisting people in need with food and other lifesaving assistance. AFP PHOTO / Stefanie Glinski

  • USAID is building resilience at the community level to help South Sudanese weather economic, conflict, and environment-related shocks, by restoring and diversifying livelihoods, including agriculture.

  • In South Sudan, which has the world’s highest proportion of out-of-school primary-age children, USAID is providing access to safe, protective and quality education for children affected by conflict.

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Children at Payuer Primary School in Renk, South Sudan, with the school's founder and head teacher, Ali Kenyi
Volunteer Teacher in South Sudan Creates School for Children Displaced by Conflict
Nyantau Machoch, a South Sudanese refugee who fled conflict to neighboring Ethiopia, with one of her six children.
South Sudan Refugees Flee Conflict to Find Food, Sanctuary in Ethiopia
Female sex workers in Yambio, South Sudan. Many are single mothers who turn to sex work due to extreme poverty and lack of alternatives.
Peer Educators in South Sudan Help Reduce HIV Stigma, Infection Risks

About South Sudan

Following independence from Sudan in July 2011, a political crisis sparked fighting in the Republic of South Sudan's capital, Juba, in December 2013 that quickly spread to other parts of the country, igniting civil war.  According to an analysis by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an estimated 383,000 South Sudanese have died as a result of the war. Nearly 4.4 million have fled their homes—1.85 million internally displaced and 2.5 million as refugees in neighboring countries.  South Sudanese have been deeply affected by exposure to traumatic events and economic devastation as well, including the inability to plant subsistence crops due to displacement and insecurity. 

To respond to this crisis, USAID has increased humanitarian assistance and support for fundamental human needs, including access to water, health, and education services. USAID continues to support civil society and independent media to ensure that diverse voices are heard, and supports activities in conflict mitigation, trauma awareness, and reconciliation. 

USAID has worked in South Sudan for decades, providing lifesaving humanitarian assistance, conflict mitigation assistance, essential services such as health care and education, and support for key milestones of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which culminated in South Sudan’s independence.


Last updated: October 26, 2018

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Crisis in South Sudan

USAID is working with a wide variety of partners to respond to the humanitarian needs of the South Sudanese people. Learn More

Contact Information

Mission Contact

USAID/South Sudan
c/o U.S. Embassy
South Sudan

USAID Contact

Lauren Seyfried Kirby
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
, DC