Nearly nine million people in South Sudan require some type of humanitarian assistance. Following the civil war that erupted in 2013, more than four million people were displaced. Nearly half remain displaced internally, and half remain refugees in surrounding countries. Conflict, floods, and poor crop yields have caused mass displacement of communities. USAID is the largest donor supporting South Sudan’s humanitarian response. USAID humanitarian assistance programming reaches some of the most remote and under-resourced communities throughout South Sudan and alleviates human suffering by providing both food and non-food emergency assistance. USAID works in coordination with other donors, non-governmental organizations, and UN agencies to provide emergency food and nutrition assistance, static and mobile medical services, protection, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, and other forms of life-saving assistance to crisis-affected populations across South Sudan. 

To help South Sudan progress beyond vast, recurring humanitarian needs, USAID is investing $75 million in multi-year emergency activities to restore rural livelihoods and productivity, improve community cohesion and disaster risk management, and provide rapid response to communities affected by conflict or disaster.

People in South Sudan collect dried rice
U.S. food aid supports communities displaced by conflict