The country of South Sudan achieved independence from Sudan in July 2011 after more than 20 years of civil war. Over 2.5 million people died as a result of the conflict, and millions more fled the violence.
Despite the referendum and South Sudan’s newly won independence, Sudanese government troops and South Sudanese militias remain engaged in some cross-border fighting. The ongoing conflict in South Kordofan has wreaked havoc on civilians and forced many to flee for their lives.
What we’re doing in South Sudan
The LWF engages in three main areas of work in South Sudan: emergency response, sustainable livelihoods, and peace and human rights work.
In response to humanitarian emergencies, we provide families with household items, shelter support, and seeds to restart their lives – often far from home. We further help communities to prepare for disasters by building up local risk reduction committees.
We provide farmer groups with food security support like land preparation, seeds, tools, and training. We drill and repair boreholes to create access to clean drinking water, and help initiate community-owned water maintenance committees.
The LWF also runs awareness campaigns to promote peace building, conflict resolution, and women’s and children’s rights.