South Sudan crisis

Violence drove Sarah from home – and claimed the lives of her mother and sister.

At 16 years old, she’s living in Nguenyyiel Refugee Camp, Ethiopia – surviving as best she can and bringing up her three siblings on her own.
Photo: ©UNHCR/Oli Cohen

Sarah is one of millions of children whose lives have been torn apart by conflict in South Sudan. Please help people like her survive.


for those who’ve fled with nothing.

Essential supplies

like mattresses, blankets and kitchenware.

Livelihoods assistance

so children don’t miss out on their schooling.

What’s happening in South Sudan?

Since December 2013, brutal conflict in South Sudan has claimed thousands of lives and driven nearly four million people from their homes – mostly women and children. Many children are forced to flee alone, after losing their parents.

UNHCR is providing shelter, protecting vulnerable people and delivering life-saving aid across the region.

Where are people from South Sudan fleeing to?

Many people are displaced inside the country, but more than two million have fled to neighbouring countries like Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda in a desperate bid for safety.

What problems do they face when they get there?

Refugees are arriving weak, malnourished and traumatised by what they’ve been through. Often, they have left everything behind and have no means of survival. The situation becomes even more perilous during the rainy season (late April to November) due to flooding, food shortages and disease.

Why is more public support needed?
Last year, UNHCR received just 38% of the funds we need to support South Sudanese refugees. It’s simply not enough to cope with what is now Africa’s largest humanitarian crisis.
Why is this a ‘children’s crisis’?
60% of refugees from South Sudan are children, and nearly half a million children are out of school as a result of the crisis. These youngsters are missing out on their chance to learn, grow and fulfil their potential through education.
Where can I access the latest reports?

South Sudan Operations – for latest on UNHCR’s relief work to protect displaced people inside South Sudan. 

South Sudan Situation Portal – for latest updates on the crisis overall, including UNHCR situation reports, funding requirements and UNHCR’s support for neighbouring countries taking in refugees from South Sudan.

Did you know that over 60% of refugees from South Sudan are children? 

When thirteen-year-old John Luis fled South Sudan, he left his home, community and school behind.

Now living in Bidibidi refugee camp, Uganda, John Luis and children like him would be at risk of missing out on their education if it wasn’t for the help of our donors.      

UNHCR is supporting a nearby primary school, where John Luis can keep up with his lessons, make friends and feel safe again – just as every child should.

Photo: ©UNHCR/David Azia

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