More than two million children are facing a hunger crisis as South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, is ripped apart by a vicious conflict. Our teams are on the ground doing whatever it takes to get life-saving aid to these desparately vulnerable children but we need your support to save more lives.
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What's happening to children?
South Sudan, which became independent on 9 July 2011, has been engulfed by violence since December 2013 and children are paying the heaviest price.
Driven from their homes, children and their families are sheltering in overcrowded camps where food and water are rapidly running out.
The UN is now warning of an impending food crisis that will impact millions. Our teams on the ground are seeing malnutrition rates rise as children go hungry: 50,000 children are likely to die if nothing is done.
Deadly cholera has spread to many parts of the country, killing more than 2,500 children in two months. Now the lives of thousands more children are at risk.
How is Save the Children helping?
- We have screened over 51,000 children across South Sudan and found that nearly a quarter of them are suffering from malnutrition. In response we have set up stabilisation centres to treat malnourished children with special therapeutic foods.
- We're distributing seeds, tools and equipment to those who have lost their livelihoods as a result of the conflict, helping families to get back on their feet.
- We’re providing life-saving medicines and helping make sure communities are educated on how to reduce the spread of cholera.
- In Nimule hospital alone, Save the Children has already vaccinated more than 15,000 children against life threatening diseases such as measles and polio.