Nyayiah Maker and her six-month-old son Nya Ban Nyieny at Duong Health Clinic outside Nyal, South Sudan

South Sudan Crisis Appeal

Millions desperately need food as famine strikes

The world’s first famine in over five years has been declared in parts of South Sudan – a country in the grip of a humanitarian catastrophe.

In Unity State, where famine has emerged, 100,000 people are at risk of starvation.

This crisis comes after more than three years of conflict. Nearly 4.9 million people urgently need food and nutritional support across the country.

Harvests have been disrupted, food and fuel prices have risen, and the economy has collapsed. People are severely hungry: they are eating wild foods like water lily roots, and drinking unsafe water to survive.
Relentless fighting has forced 3.4 million people to abandon their homes and escape the violence, some from the threat of sexual abuse, executions and other human rights abuses.

Conflict and instability continue across the country amid severe humanitarian needs. Our partners - in particular the churches - are determinedly calling for an immediate end to the violence, and working to address the root causes of conflict.

Please donate to our South Sudan Crisis Appeal to help us scale up our emergency response: the people of South Sudan desperately need your support.

How we’re helping

Our partners in South Sudan have long been providing life-saving humanitarian assistance to displaced people and the most vulnerable conflict-affected households.

In Panyijiar County, Unity State, our partner UNIDO has been distributing seeds, farming tools and fishing gear to help families get back on their feet.

We have also provided agricultural training, repaired community water points, built latrines and handed out sanitation and hygiene supplies.

But with your help, we could do so much more.

Your donations are providing:
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Hygiene kits

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Hygiene training

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Tools for work

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Cash and vouchers

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How we work in an emergency

We're based in countries affected by disasters so we can be there before, during and after an emergency to save lives and support people long term. Through our work with local organisations in these countries, we can talk directly to the people affected to provide the most useful emergency response.  

Find out more about our approach

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