Emergency Response Program

South Sudan

The Situation in Brief

What You Need to Know

South Sudan’s civil war has devastated the country, resulting in 300,000 deaths, displacing 3.5 million people, and causing massive inflation and widespread famine. An estimated six million people face severe food shortages and around one million children are malnourished, according to the UN.
On July 11, 2016, SOS Children’s Village Juba was evacuated as fighting erupted between rival political forces. Six months after being evacuated, SOS families returned to the village and children and young people returned to school. But the situation in South Sudan is still volatile and children at risk still need your help. 

children under age 5 are acutely malnourished.
children have been forced out of school by the conflict.
children have been recruited by armed forces.
children have been registered as unaccompanied, separated or missing.

How You Can Help

Civil war and drought threaten the security of children and families in South Sudan. As a result, children face a significant risk of being orphaned, abandoned or otherwise losing their parental care.

SOS Children’s Villages Impact

How Supporters Like You Are Making a Difference

Through the support of our donors, we are currently helping vulnerable children in South Sudan by providing food assistance, clean water, education and psychological care. SOS Children’s Villages has been building stable, loving families for vulnerable children in South Sudan for more than 40 years. As a result, we have deep roots in local communities that allow us to quickly identify and address the new and urgent needs of children and their families.
As always, SOS’ 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.

Protecting vulnerable children

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The food and water crisis has severely weakened families and compromised their ability to care for their children. As a result, children are at an increased risk of being orphaned, abandoned, forced into child labor, internally displaced, trafficked, and worse. SOS Children’s Villages is prioritizing the protection of these vulnerable children. We are setting up temporary shelters for children who have lost or been separated from their parents; childcare spaces where children can learn and play in a safe and fun environment; psychological support and referral services for medical care; and support in helping reunite children with their families.

Providing Food and Water Aid

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Food and clean water are the most urgent and critical needs of children and families in South Sudan. Due to continued fighting, South Sudan is gripped by an "almost entirely man-made" food crisis attributed more to blockage of food assistance than to drought.  In response, SOS Children’s Villages is providing food and drinking water to vulnerable families in addition to drilling four new wells in Shirikat to provide clean water to entire communities. 

Psychological Assistance

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SOS helped children affected by the conflict by providing psychological care for 500 children. In addition, psychosocial care, support and awareness training activities were conducted for 85 young people who were involved in gang group activities in Shirikat and Kadoro. Numerous adolescents who had dropped out of school have returned to school. And 128 children from the community have benefited from Child-Friendly Spaces, where they have a safe, clean environment to play and clean drinking water and snacks. 

Rebuilding Juba Village

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On July 11, 2016, SOS Children’s Village Juba was evacuated as fighting erupted between rival political forces. The Village was looted and damaged and needed extensive repairs. Six months after being evacuated, SOS families returned to the village and children and young people returned to school. In addition to rebuilding the damaged Village, SOS purchased new school supplies and uniforms for the children. 

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