South Sudan

Updated Nov. 8, 2016

Situation Overview

In July, fighting in the capital city Juba followed the collapse of an internationally backed plan to end a conflict between rival political forced that began in late 2013. Thousands of people are fleeing their homes every day, including many children.

As a result of the escalating violence, the children at the SOS Village in Juba were evacuated on July 11. The children were relocated to rented houses in Juba and are safe. The SOS Village, however, was looted and damaged, and the security situation there remains volatile.  

The SOS Village in Juba, which is home to more than 100 children, was opened in early 2015 after fighting forced the SOS Village in Malakal, South Sudan, to evacuate. 

What SOS Is Doing to Help

SOS’s primary concern is the safety and protection of the children within its care and of all unaccompanied and abandoned children. SOS has collaborated with the United Nations and other organizations on the ground to call for an end to the conflict.

SOS was able to purchase new school supplies and uniforms for the children at the SOS Village in Juba, and they have returned to school.

In addition, SOS is working to: 
  • Help children affected by the conflict by providing psychological care for 500 children; 
  • Reunify 300 unaccompanied children with their families; 
  • Rebuild the damaged SOS Village in Juba; and  
  • Build partnerships with other child-focused organizations and U.N. agencies in South Sudan. 

How You Can Help

As the children at the SOS Village and the staff attempt to return to some form of normalcy, your help is very much needed. Please consider donating to SOS Children’s Villages in South Sudan. 


About SOS Sudan

The work of SOS Children's Villages in Sudan began in 1978. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of people —especially children—have suffered the impact of war, droughts and floods. When South Sudan became independent in 2011, a new SOS Children's Villages Association of South Sudan was founded. At the same time, SOS launched an emergency program to assist some of the unaccompanied children who had returned to South Sudan. There is one SOS Children's Village in South Sudan. Children whose families can no longer take care of them can find a loving home with one of the SOS families there.

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