South Sudan

The world's youngest nation, South Sudan has been beset by frequent conflict since it gained independence in 2011. Children face many risks, including violence, displacement and food shortages. Our teams are working hard to protect children, reunite families and support livelihoods.

 

Reuniting families

Conflict in South Sudan has forced thousands of families from their homes. In the chaos of war, children and parents are often separated. Our family tracing and reunification teams help them find each other again. And we ensure unaccompanied children are safe.

We're also strengthening child protection systems across the country. We work with local leaders, police, teachers and children to help communities keep their children safe. For child refugees and displaced children, we set up safe spaces. These give them the chance to play, learn and get support to deal with traumatic experiences.

Keeping children healthy

More than one in five children in South Sudan are malnourished. Droughts, flooding and food price shocks mean they simply don't get enough nutritious food. We run centres to screen children for malnutrition and give free medical care.

Our teams also train health workers in remote communities to diagnose and treat malnutrition, diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia. In areas where clinics do exist, we supply vital equipment, medicines and training.

Supporting livelihoods

South Sudan is a fertile country, yet food insecurity is a major problem. We're supporting farmers by demonstrating new techniques to help them grow and sell more food.

For the most marginalised young people, finding a way to make a living can be incredibly hard. We're teaching vocational skills to young people who missed out on education or were married early, and to former child soldiers. Subjects include carpentry, hairdressing, masonry and tailoring.

We're also helping young people and vulnerable families the skills and tools they need to set up their own businesses.

Go to the South Sudan country website.

 

Last updated April 2016.