Ongoing displacement and conflict despite independence
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 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.
Heavy fighting broke out in the capital Juba on 15 December 2013 and spread to other parts of the country, with clashes between members of the Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups. Violence since has claimed 10,000 lives, displaced an estimated 650,000 people and forced 125,000 to seek refuge to neighboring countries.
What we’re doing in South Sudan
We’re responding to the current crisis with humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the fighting and exploring ways of resuming education and child protection work in Unity and Upper Nile States.