Photo Credit: ©UNHCR / C. Fohlen
Amid increasing violence and deteriorating conditions, the situation in South Sudan has escalated into a full-blown humanitarian emergency. The total number of South Sudanese refugees has now passed 1.7 million, it is the largest refugee crisis in Africa, and the third largest in the world, after Syria and Afghanistan. There are nearly two million people who have been forced to flee their homes but remain in South Sudan and another 250,000 refugees in South Sudan from neighboring countries.
The majority of those fleeing South Sudan are women and children. They are survivors of violent attacks, sexual assault and in many cases, children are travelling alone.
Often, they arrive weak and malnourished. When the rainy season comes, their needs are compounded by flooding, food shortages and disease.
Above: South Sudanese refugee stands with her child in Pagarinya 2 refugee camp in the Adjumani district in northern Uganda.
Your help is needed…
As violence in South Sudan continues to escalate, those who flee need protection, shelter, medical care and other lifesaving assistance.
Thanks to supporters, UNHCR is on the ground coordinating a massive refugee response throughout the region and leading efforts to provide shelter and care for those displaced by the renewed conflict.
UNHCR is facing a severe shortage in the funds needed to keep millions of refugees and displaced people fleeing violence safe and protected. Your gift will help close the gap, and give vulnerable children, women and men hope for a safe future. Please be generous.