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South Sudan

  • A quarter of a million children suffer from severe acute malnutrition in South Sudan. USAID is responding urgently. Photo: UNICEF/Irwin

  • USAID is providing emergency assistance in response to the crisis in South Sudan

  • 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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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.  Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have been killed and 4 million have fled their homes—2 million internally displaced and 2 million as refugees in neighboring countries.  The conflict continues to take lives in many parts of the country and South Sudanese have been deeply affected by economic devastation and exposure to traumatic events. 

To respond to this crisis, USAID has increased 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 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: January 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

Richard Montpelier
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
, DC