South Sudan

Supporting children and youth with skills to help them shape their own future.

Facts and figures

- Four projects
- 1.4 million children affected by conflict
- 29,934 total participants

What is happening in South Sudan?

A peace deal brokered in October 2018 has raised hopes that South Sudan’s violent civil war may be coming to an end. The past five years have seen violent exchanges between government forces and armed groups. This violence saw an estimated 380,000 people killed - the vast majority of them civilians.

The violence forced large numbers of people to seek safety in neighbouring countries - more than two million South Sudanese live as refugees in Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya. Another two million people are on the move inside the country’s borders.

More than seven million people - more than half the population - currently need urgent humanitarian assistance. Food supplies are scarce and outbreaks of diseases such as cholera have led to a humanitarian crisis.

Children under 17 make up nearly half the population of South Sudan - and they face a number of significant threats to their safety. Sexual violence and recruitment into armed groups are both common. And the widespread disruption of education may leave an entire generation in crisis - more than 70 per cent of children who should be attending classes are not receiving an education.

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Children in South Sudan have to right to a carefree childhood

Photo: War Child

“If I was president I would work hard to unite my country and help them fight war and hunger."
Cilia (14) from South Sudan

What we do

War Child's programme in South Sudan is 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.

All of our projects combine education and vocational training, psychosocial support and child protection activities to enhanced effect. We work in partnership with a wide range of people and organisations to ensure these efforts are successful - including parents, caregivers, teachers, community leaders and local organisations.

This community-based approach places children at the centre of our work - and helps build their strength and resilience over the long term.