South Sudan: What you need to know
South Sudan became the world’s newest nation in July 2011, when it split off from Sudan after more than 20 years of brutal war during which hundreds of thousands of men, women and children were killed and millions displaced from their homes.
Peace did not last long.
In December 2013, violence broke out in the capital, Juba, and quickly escalated to civil war.
Today, 3 million South Sudanese have been forced from their homes. Over 1 million have fled the country.
More than 1.8 million remain displaced inside South Sudan, with 50% estimated to be children.
Hundreds of thousands have sought refuge on UN peacekeeping bases in “protection of civilian” (PoC) sites.
In February 2016, fighting broke out in the Malakal PoC, killing 25 and injuring 100. One-third of the camp was burned down.
One International Medical Corps team member was killed in the fighting.
International Medical Corps’ health clinics were damaged and medical supplies were looted.
Despite the fighting, our teams continued saving lives and delivered three healthy babies.
Due to the relentless civil war, South Sudan’s economy has collapsed, and the price of basic commodities like food are soaring.
Violence has also prevented many families from planting their crops.
July 2016 saw an estimated 4.8 million people severely food insecure, with the number expected to rise in 2017.
In 2016, there were also 3,500 cholera cases across South Sudan.
All cholera patients treated by International Medical Corps in Juba survived.
Our team also provided lifesaving care during renewed violence in Juba, even after a shell struck our hospital.
…providing health care, psychological support, nutrition services, and gender-based violence prevention and support programs.
So far this year, we have reached more than 684,000 people. More than 35% of them are children under five.
Tragically, sporadic violence continues across South Sudan, signaling that the country’s humanitarian crisis will only deepen in 2017.
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