South Sudan conflict

A little boy in Malakal. Photographer: Ashleigh Connor

Years of rebel fighting and ethnic violence have created a humanitarian disaster with terrible consequences for children, including malnutrition, lost education, separation from family, and trauma.

Latest news

More than 2.3 million people have had to leave their homes due to the conflict in South Sudan, according to UN OCHA. Of the estimated 1.66 million internally displaced people, more than half may be children. An estimated 10,000 children are unaccompanied, separated or missing.

More than 900,000 children have lost out on parts of their education, with some 350,000 having been forced to completely give up school. According to estimates, one million children
in South Sudan are traumatised by the conflict and its effects.

Our response

In December 2013 rebel soldiers seized and looted SOS Children’s Village Malakal. SOS Children’s Villages associations coordinated efforts to evacuate close to 100 children, parents, and SOS co-workers to safety near the capital city Juba. Instability and violence in Juba in 2016 displaced the families once again, with SOS Children’s Villages working to resettle them.

Main focus areas of our emergency response in South Sudan are:


Care for unaccompanied and separated children


Reunification of separated children with their family members


Shelter and material support for displaced families


Psychological and social support for traumatised children and caregivers