South Sudan

Spiraling violence, conflict

and a severe food shortage have

endangered millions of lives.

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 1.4 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 traveling alone.

Often, they arrive weak and malnourished. When the rainy season comes, their needs are compounded by flooding, food shortages and disease.

Uganda. A South Sudanese refugee with her baby looks at her plot of land at Pagarinya 2 in Uganda

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.


Those whose lives have been uprooted and torn apart by conflict or natural disaster, UNHCR exists to help them. This is the UNHCR story.

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