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4.3 million

There are currently 4.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance from South Sudan, including refugees, IDPs, and asylum-seekers.

63% of refugees

Over half of all South Sudanese refugees are children.

2.3 million

There are nearly 2.3 million displaced refugees from South Sudan.

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 has now passed 2 million and it is the largest refugee crisis in Africa. After Syria and Afghanistan, it is the third largest refugee crisis in the world. 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


South Sudanese War Widows Join Forces

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.

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.

Less Education

The majority of South Sudanese children in Kenya's Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps only have access to primary education. 

Limited Supplies

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. 

Camp Housing

The majority of South Sudanese refugees live in camps, with only 8 percent living in individual accommodations. 

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