From 2013 to 2015, more than 2 million people in South Sudan fled their homes as a result of violence. In the absence of a viable peace agreement, conflict raged unchecked in many parts of Greater Upper Nile. An August 2015 peace agreement has shown hope for the region. However, insecurity has spread into the Equatorial region. The most recent fighting has been characterized by 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. An estimated 500,000 people sought refuge in countries outside of South Sudan and more than 15,000 were killed. Now, close to 4,000,000 are expected to suffer severe food shortage in the coming years as parts of the world’s youngest nation teeters on the brink of famine.
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 Western Equatoria State, World Relief is empowering local churches to serve their communities while promoting agricultural trainings and Savings for Life groups.