South Sudan is one of the most awful humanitarian crises in Africa. Up to half of the population of this, the youngest country in the world which continues to be plagued by recurring natural disasters, tribal disputes and armed conflict, is blighted by starvation.
People in Need operated in South Sudan continuously from 2012 till 2017. We were providing assistance mainly in the northwest of the country, in the province of Northern Bahr el Ghazal which borders on the northern Sudanese region of South Darfur and in refugee camps in the capital, Juba.
Due to the massive influx of population returning from the north who began to consume the already very scarce resources, most of the population experienced food shortages. This is why in the north we were concentrating our efforts on agriculture, being the main source of sustenance for the local population. Ensuring adequate food supplies thereby increasing people’s resilience to climatic shocks has therefore become one of our priorities.
In the capital, we focused our aid towards the thousands of people in the Mahad and Lologo refugee camps. People in Need’s role was mainly coordination and organisation of services, such as provision of drinking water supplies and sanitation.
Due to the deteriorating political and security situation in the country, we have decided to re-evaluate our strategic approach and postpone our activities. The humanitarian situation in the country is appalling due to continuing violence and ever greater displacement of local inhabitants. In cooperation with our partners from Alliance2015, we are preparing to target the needs of the most vulnerable inhabitants in the future.