A quarter of a million children suffer from severe acute malnutrition in South Sudan. USAID is responding urgently. © UNICEF/Irwin
USAID is providing emergency assistance in response to the crisis in South Sudan
Community members in Old Fangak, Jonglei State, help unload lifesaving food aid for conflict-affected South Sudanese. WFP/Jens Hanhe
USAID’s education program in South Sudan focuses on rapidly reaching out-of-school children and improving the education system.
About South Sudan
After a political crisis sparked fighting in the capital, Juba, in December 2013 that quickly spread to other parts of the country, the Republic of South Sudan has been embroiled in civil war for nearly three years, following separation from Sudan in July 2011. Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have been killed and more than 2.8 million have had to flee their homes. The conflict continues to take lives in many parts of the country and all South Sudanese are dealing with the economic devastation and trauma it causes.
To respond to this crisis, USAID has charted a strategy that increases humanitarian assistance and support for fundamental 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 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: February 27, 2017