Crisis in South Sudan
More than 1 million child refugees, more than 1.1 million children facing acute malnutrition
Three years of conflict, climate shock and a collapsing economy in South Sudan have placed 8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance — over half of them children. Now 3.4 million people have been forced to flee their homes. And as many as 1.2 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 42 percent of South Sudan's population — nearly 5 million people — are suffering from severe food shortages. That number is projected to increase to 5.5 million this year. Famine was recently declared in part of the country, where 100,000 people are facing imminent starvation. 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 2016 alone, UNICEF and partners treated 182,545 children under the age of five for severe acute malnutrition and vaccinated 443,289 children against measles. But there is still a long way to go, and UNICEF can’t do its work without your help.