Photo: Alun McDonald/Oxfam Photo: Alun McDonald/Oxfam

Crisis in South Sudan

The situation

The conflict that broke out in South Sudan on 15th December 2013 has left thousands dead and more than two million displaced. Vulnerable populations continue to flee ongoing fighting in South Sudan, with violence resulting in over 1.5 million internally displaced persons and over 500,000 refugees fleeing to Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.

Severe food insecurity and disrupted livelihoods and markets have left 2.5 million people facing severe food insecurity.

Oxfam in South Sudan

Oxfam has a dedicated team to respond to emergencies across South Sudan. So far, more than 400,000 have been reached with humanitarian assistance.We focus on public health, livelihoods and emergency response with gender, diversity, conflict-sensitive programming and policy/advocacy work intertwined.

We are currently providing humanitarian assistance using a four pronged approach:

  • Delivery of clean water: Improving access to safe water through water treatment and supply
  • Sanitation: Enhancing collection of solid waste and promoting environmental cleanness
  • Public health promotion: Contributing to targeted behaviour change through capacity building and empowerment of community structures. We do this through promotion of safe hygiene practices and distribution of relevant water sanitation and hygiene materials
  • Emergency food security and livelihoods: Providing fuel efficient stoves, grinding mills and vouchers for the purchase of charcoal. These are high priority needs in the IDP camps.

See the latest update about our work in South Sudan (459 KB pdf)

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