Crisis in South Sudan

On 24 March, a child displaced by recent fighting stands in the town of Mingkaman, where humanitarian assistance is being provided.
A South Sudanese child displaced by recent fighting in Mingkaman, where UNICEF is providing humanitarian assistance.

More than 3.75 million children at risk.

Nearly three years of conflict in the young country of South Sudan has placed 7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance—half of them children. The fighting has forced more than 1.5 million people to flee their homes, and many are living out in the open without protection from heat or severe rains.

With farmers unable to plant crops because of the violence, food is growing scarce. More than one third of South Sudan's population — nearly 5 million people — are facing severe food shortages. Unless malnutrition treatment is scaled up immediately, thousands of children are likely to die. And as many as 1.8 million children have been forced out of the classroom, their educations, and futures, in jeopardy.

UNICEF is on the ground working to help the children of South Sudan. To date, UNICEF and its partners have screened 589,000 children against malnutrition and immunized more than 328,000 children against measles. There is still a long way to go, and UNICEF can’t do its work without your help.

South Sudan Crisis