EMERGENCIES

South Sudan Refugee Crisis

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4.3 million 

displaced people

There are currently 4.3 million displaced people from South Sudan, including refugees, IDPs, and asylum-seekers. 

63% of refugees

Over half of all South Sudanese refugees are children. 

1.6 million in

neighboring countries

Uganda and Sudan both host over 800,000 refugees from South Sudan, totaling to over half of all South Sudanese refugees. 

Background

Amid increasing violence and deteriorating conditions, the situation in South Sudan has escalated to a full-blown humanitarian emergency. The total number of South Sudanese refugees has now passed 2 million, it is the largest refugee crisis in Africa, and the third largest in the world, after Syria and Afghanistan. Sadly, 63 percent of South Sudanese refugees are under the age of 18.

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. 

Voices of the Crisis

VIDEO

South Sudanese War Widows Join Forces (1:17)

Stories from the South Sudan crisis

"The world should not abandon South Sudan."

South Sudan Camps and Settlements


A South Sudanese woman and her child stand in their plot of land at Pagarinya 2 refugee camp in Uganda.

  • The majority of South Sudanese children in Kenya's Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps only have access to primary education. 
  • During the rainy season, camps for South Sudanese refugees have limited supplies, such as cash and fuel, because of limited road accessibility. 
  • 80% of the South Sudanese refugee population are women and children. 
  • The majority of South Sudanese refugees live in camps, with only 8 percent living in individual accommodations. 
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