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SOUTH SUDAN REFUGEE CRISIS

2.3 million

There are 2.3 million internally displaced people in South Sudan (as of July 2023).

65%

More than half of all South Sudanese refugees are children.

2.4 million

There are nearly 2.4 million displaced refugees from South Sudan (as of June 2023).

About the Crisis in South Sudan

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 is nearly 2.4 million, making it the largest refugee crisis in Africa and the fifth largest refugee crisis in the world. Sadly, 65 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. 

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South Sudan remains Africa’s largest refugee crisis after nearly a decade of conflict

How to Help

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.

More Facts About the Crisis in South Sudan

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

More Facts

  • The conflict in Sudan has forced more than 240,000 South Sudanese and Sudanese people to return or flee to South Sudan. 
  • Prior to the recent conflict in Sudan, South Sudan was already host to more than 300,000 refugees and asylum-seekers in addition to more than 2.3 million internally displaced people. 
  • As of 2022, South Sudan has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world.

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