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

19,000

children have been recruited as soldiers since the end of 2013