Crisis in South Sudan
4.3 million people forced out of their homes, 60 percent of them children
Four years of conflict, climate shock and a collapsing economy in South Sudan have placed 7.1 million people in need of humanitarian assistance — over half of them children. More than 4 million people have been forced to flee their homes, including 2.47 million seeking refuge in other countries. And 1.8 million children are out of the classroom, their educations, and futures, in jeopardy.
With farmers unable to plant crops amidst the violence, half of all harvests have been lost, and food is growing scarce. An estimated 56 percent of South Sudan's population are suffering from severe food shortages. Unless malnutrition treatment is scaled up immediately, thousands of children are likely to die.
UNICEF is on the ground, working to help the children of South Sudan. In 2017 alone, UNICEF and partners treated 161,484 children under the age of five for severe acute malnutrition and vaccinated 1,760,735 children against measles. But there is still a long way to go, and UNICEF can’t do its work without your help.