South Sudan conflict and food insecurity

A little boy in Malakal. Photographer: Ashleigh Connor

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

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South Sudan gained independence in 2011. But political rivalries in one of the world's newest states gave way to conflict by the end of 2013, triggering massive displacement and driving much of the country deeper into poverty.

By 2017, a severe drought added to the country's misery. Food insecurity together with a political power struggle forced one-quarter of South Sudan's 12 million people to flee their homes.

Our response

In December 2013 militiamen 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 Juba. Instability and violence in mid-2016 displaced the families once again, though they returned to the SOS Children's Village Juba in early 2017.

Focus areas of our emergency response in South Sudan are:


Care for unaccompanied and separated children

Child Friendly Space in Juba for 120 children

Reunification of separated children with their family members


Material support for displaced families


Psychological and social support for traumatised children and caregivers

Educational support for 140 children in Juba