South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011 after Africa’s longest-running civil war. But independence did not bring peace to the country, as civil war broke out once again two years later.
- 4 million people have been displaced and 400,000 were killed since 2013
- Armed groups have systematically starved the population by destroying crops and taking over land, as a war tactic to deprive their enemies from finding supplies
- Cycles of droughts and flooding have also caused widespread famine across the country. 1.3 million children are acutely malnourished.
- Many displaced families in South Sudan live in temporary camps and young children are at high risk of dying from preventable diseases