South Sudan

Spiraling violence, conflict

and a severe food shortage have

endangered millions of lives in South Sudan

Photo Credit: ©UNHCR / C. Fohlen

The civil war has forced more than 2 million people from their homes –330,000 of those are children. 1.4 million South Sudanese remain displaced within the country and hundreds of thousands have fled to neighboring Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya. On top of that South Sudan refugees now face life-threatening food shortages.

Amid the ongoing fighting and insecurity, UNHCR is doing everything they can to assist South Sudan and those who have been forced to leave their homes by providing emergency relief, shelter, medical supplies,health clinics, and protection.

UNHCR is also leading efforts to help protect the especially vulnerable, including women and children.

John Dau

I was one of the first people to be taken to Kakuma camp in Kenya. It was a desert. There was nothing there, until the UN Refugee Agency came. They gave us clean water, distributed food and clothing, built houses and a health clinic. Later they built a hospital. They helped protect us. The UN Refugee Agency worked hard for us.

—John Dau "one of the Lost Boys"

A Children's Crisis

What's Being Done

UNHCR has been working in South Sudan since 2011 when the nation gained independence. Since then, UNHCR has been working around the clock in areas like Kenya and Uganda to provide life-saving assistance, shelter and protection to men, women and children fleeing violence in South Sudan.

Thanks to support from donors like you, UNHCR provides the following:


  • Blankets Blankets
  • Tents Tents
  • Jerry Cans Jerry Cans
  • Kitchen Sets Kitchen Sets
  • Mosquito Nets Mosquito Nets
  • Health Care Health Care