6.17 million people suffering from severe food shortages
2.2 million South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries
1.9 million internally displaced people
More than 115 aid workers killed since December 2013
EU humanitarian funding: €45 million in South Sudan and €47.3 million in neighbouring countries in 2018
A new peace deal signed in September 2018 has curbed fighting and brings hope of an end to the five-year civil war that ravaged South Sudan. Meanwhile, the security situation remains volatile and seven million people still need urgent humanitarian assistance. More than six million people face severe food shortages. This man-made crisis has wide-reaching consequences for neighbouring countries where 2.2 million South Sudanese have taken refuge.
What are the needs?
Years of conflict and economic collapse have caused mass displacement and immeasurable distress among the civilian population. Widespread destruction has ruined livelihoods and local trade, leaving nearly 6 out of 10 people suffer from severe food shortages. Healthcare and education are in tatters with an estimated 80 percent of South Sudan's counties lacking adequate health services. This is especially worrying given the growing Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Preparedness measures need to be stepped up as there is a considerable risk of Ebola spreading across borders.
Due to displacement and extensive damage to water and sanitation facilities, 5.6 million people urgently need access to safe water. In 2019, 600 000 pregnant and breastfeeding women are at risk of acute malnourishment on top of the nearly one million children who suffer from the condition. Up to 2.4 million South Sudanese children are deprived of education, one of the highest proportions of out-of-school children in the world. Thousands of South Sudanese children are either missing or separated from their parents. South Sudan’s crisis is characterised by serious violations and abuses against civilians, including widespread sexual and gender-based violence and forced child recruitment. The conflict has triggered a mass exodus to Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Sudan. One-third of the South Sudanese population live uprooted from their homes, as refugees or internally displaced people.