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South Sudan

Helping children cope with the consequences of conflict and strengthening the community structures around them


The Republic of South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, following decades of civil war that saw millions of people displaced and more than two million people killed. The humanitarian situation inside this fragile state has, however, continued to deteriorate along political, economic and ethnic lines since independence.

In August 2016 the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) described the humanitarian situation inside South Sudan as “catastrophic”. Over half the country’s population - some 6.1 million people - is in need of humanitarian assistance and an estimated 4.8 million people are severely food insecure. A quarter of a million children are facing severe acute malnutrition. The prospect of famine is acute.

Clashes between armed groups inside the country continue. Nearly a million people fled their homes after fighting broke out in July 2016 and a further 1.6 million people are currently internally displaced inside the country's borders.

Years of conflict have crippled the country’s infrastructure and resulted in the breakdown of structures essential for protecting children from harm. The education system is particularly fragile. Over half of all South Sudanese children are out of school - this is the highest proportion of out-of-school children in the world.

What we do

War Child Holland's programmes in South Sudan are designed to help children cope with the immediate and long-term consequences of conflict and build vital skills - both for themselves and their country’s future.

To support this process, War Child also works with parents and care givers, teachers, community leaders, national and international partner organisations and government officials. Towards a South Sudan, where children can live and learn with dignity.