South Sudan, the world’s newest nation began its new chapter in July 2011 with a palpable sense of hope and determination for a better future. Unfortunately, those feelings have faded in a civil war which erupted in December 2013. The fighting has been characterized by attacks on civilians, sexual violence against women and girls, and forced recruitment of youth into armed groups. It has also brought widespread burning of homes, demolition of schools, hospitals and health posts, destruction of water points and other assaults on infrastructure and assets necessary for communal life. Nearly 2 million people have been displaced since the start of the conflict, and almost 4 million are at risk of acute food insecurity.
Since 1998, World Relief's programs in South Sudan have been providing humanitarian assistance in the areas of healthcare and food security. In the Greater Upper Nile region, World Relief is responding to the recent conflict and displacement with emergency health, nutrition, and education programs while also distributing agricultural inputs and trainings aimed at reversing the cycle of food aid dependency. In more stable Western Equatoria State, World Relief is empowering local churches to serve their communities while promoting agricultural trainings and Savings for Life groups.