Famine was declared in parts of South Sudan in February – a country in the grip of a humanitarian catastrophe.
This is the worst food crisis the country has ever faced - 50% of people in South Sudan urgently need food and security.
In Unity State, 100,000 people face starvation and people are dying every day. Another 1 million people are on the brink of famine.
The effects of conflict
This crisis comes after more than three years of conflict, which has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of 3 million people.
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.
Conflict and instability, sexual abuse, executions and other human rights abuses, continue amid severe humanitarian needs. The situation is getting worse. We have to act now.
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.
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.