South Sudan

Critical Diagnosis

CARE’s latest report finds that that real impact can be achieved by investing in health interventions at the local level and aligning support alongside local health workers to serve the needs of the South Sudanese people.

High risk of famine in South Sudan

3.5 million facing starvation. Risk of famine is growing.


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Video Update

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

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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.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.


There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

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.

Latest News from South Sudan

South Sudan’s Fourth Birthday

South Sudan’s Fourth Birthday

This month marks South Sudan’s fourth birthday but there’s not much to celebrate. The world’s youngest country is mired in a civil war that has displaced more than 2 million people and left 7 million without enough food. Holly Frew, CARE’s emergency communications officer, talked to Atlanta news station 11 Alive, to explain the current crisis and what CARE is doing to help. Also on the anniversary of S.


South Sudan: The Grass under Fighting Elephants

“The leaders of our country can learn a lot from us. Bring them here – we can teach them how to make peace,” a tribal leader told me. He heads the peace committee in Twic East county, Jonglei state

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South Sudan: Hunger threatens millions as humanitarian organizations warn of massive funding gap

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International agencies issue grave warning ahead of crucial donor conference for South Sudan, stating millions of people risk plunging deeper into crisis if urgent funding is not delivered.

GENEVA-(June 16, 2015)--Donors attending Tuesday’s Geneva pledging conference for South Sudan should address a massive funding shortfall– more than $1.1 billion of the humanitarian response- in order to avert immense suffering for millions of people, humanitarian agencies said today.

Hope, Not Hopeless: A Future for South Sudan

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When I was an aid worker in southern Sudan in the 1990s, the fight for independence against Sudan had already been running for many years. It was Africa’s longest civil war - but there was hope: Hope that the fighting would one day end and that South Sudan would become its own country with its own leaders, and that security, stability and development would follow.

No Guarantees in South Sudan’s Deadly Conflict

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Walking into the CARE supported clinic in Pariang, I see a little girl with edema – her belly is swollen because she hasn’t got enough to eat.  It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a child with edema, and I certainly didn’t expect to see one in this part of the country.  Of all the places that CARE supports health care, Pariang, in Unity state, has traditionally been the least food insecure.

CARE reaches 600,000 people in conflict-affected South Sudan

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JUBA, South Sudan (March 10, 2015) - Humanitarian organization CARE has reached more than 600,000 South Sudanese people affected by the conflict that began in the world’s newest nation in December 2013.

Working across South Sudan’s three hardest-hit States of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei, CARE is providing emergency water, sanitation, hygiene services and education, in addition to nutrition and livelihoods assistance. CARE also supports over 40 health facilities in Unity and Upper Nile States.

2.5 million South Sudanese Face Severe Hunger, New Figures Reveal

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Severity of crisis depends on the delivery of humanitarian assistance, particularly in conflict-affected states.

JUBA, South Sudan (Feb. 2, 2015) — As many as 2.5 million South Sudanese will be living in severe hunger in the next three months, according to figures released today by the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC), the key tool for monitoring the status of the food crisis in South Sudan.