South Sudan

High risk of famine in South Sudan

3.5 million facing starvation. Risk of famine is growing.


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CARE warns of a growing scourge of sexual violence against women and girls in South Sudan conflict.

Video Update

CARE's Dan Alder speaks with South Sudan Radio Miryaya about the situation.

235,000 Children Under 5 at Risk for Malnourishment

Severe acute malnutrition has doubled in children under 5 since January.

Country Info

CARE has been operating in Southern Sudan since 1993, initially providing humanitarian relief to internally displaced people in Western Equatoria. The signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005 allowed CARE to expand into Jonglei State and Upper Nile to target the returnees from the refugee camps. The Upper Nile is one of the areas most affected by the civil war with many displaced people and disrupted livelihoods.

Our Work in South Sudan

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

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Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.


By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

South Sudan: A Hole Lot More Than Just A Toilet

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In a humanitarian crisis such as the one currently unfolding in South Sudan, it is food, water and safety that are usually considered the essentials for survival. Yet as the world marks World Toilet Day on November 19, CARE’s Tom Perry discovers that the humble toilet is also changing – and saving – lives in the world’s youngest nation.

Reports From The Field: Helene Gayle Visits South Sudan

CARE's CEO and President Helene Gayle recently visited South Sudan to see the growing humanitarian challenge and CARE's response. To date, CARE has reached over 120,000 people in South Sudan, ensuring access to health and nutrition services, water and sanitation, and working to prevent incidences of sexual and gender-based violence. In addition, CARE is providing sexual and reproductive health services to women and girls.

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Without its farmers, South Sudan remains perilously close to famine

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  • The conflict that began in December 2013 has disrupted every layer of life

JUBA, South Sudan-  (October 16, 2014)- This year’s World Food Day celebrates family farming but aid organization CARE says there’s little to celebrate in South Sudan where many of the country’s farmers have been displaced in the fighting that erupted in December 2013.

The Forgotten Girls

Today’s news cycle is dominated by three international crises: the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the ongoing conflict in Gaza and the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Yet there is one international crisis that seems to have gone missing from the headlines. In the world’s youngest country of South Sudan, tens of thousands people have been killed by war, hunger and disease, and more than 1.8 million have fled their homes and villages in what the United Nations has called ‘the world’s worst food crisis’.

CARE Joins Aid Agencies Warning of Famine in South Sudan as Upsurge in Fighting Imminent

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Agencies fear that efforts to prevent the crisis from deteriorating will falter as rival sides regroup to resume violence once the rainy season ends this month

Juba, SOUTH SUDAN – (October 6, 2014)--CARE has joined other leading aid agencies in warning that parts of South Sudan – already the world’s worst food crisis – could fall into famine early next year if the nine-month long conflict escalates as expected. 

South Sudan: Fear after Sunset

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“We stay in our tent every night because bad things happen at night here. It’s not safe,” says Josephine, who sits with her four children in a tent the size of a small closet.

Unable to leave their tents after the sun goes down even to use the bathroom for fear of being attacked or sexually assaulted, women and girls in South Sudan tell me they sometimes feel like prisoners.  

South Sudan: Surviving on Hopes for Peace

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“When will the world help us live in peace again?” That’s the burning question that Nyagadh has as she tries to resume some kind of life in an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp, but living in fear of fighting and wondering how she will feed her family is not the life she thought she would have to face again.