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South Sudan is the world's youngest nation and home to more than 12 million people.

Sudan has been locked in conflict since 1955. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005 marked the beginning of a long road to South Sudan's independence from Sudan.

Independence came in 2011, signaling the end of Africa's longest-running civil war. However, in 2013, South Sudan erupted into civil war again, characterised by violence against civilians. This has driven 3.9 million people from their homes and put more than 6 million people in emergency or crisis levels of food insecurity.

2017 saw a further decline with ongoing fighting and economic collapse, as food prices spiked and hunger became more severe. Humanitarian access has also become increasingly limited by the violence.

Our work

Tearfund has been working in the area which is now South Sudan (formerly part of Sudan) since the 1970s. This work has been delivered through our partner organisations, and also directly through our own operational staff since 1998. We support communities as they tackle malnutrition, restore their livelihoods and repair vital water infrastructure.

Tearfund's current projects include providing access to food for vulnerable households, targeted nutrition for malnourished children and their mothers, and water and sanitation (WASH) provision to conflict-affected communities. We are also working with churches to mobilise their communities in peacebuilding and development work.

Our impact

Food packages are distributed at Panyangor feeding centre in Twic East. The feeding centre serves people from the surrounding area as well as internally displaced people. Credit: Tom Price/Tearfund

Please pray for South Sudan

  • Pray for an end to conflict and violence, and for lasting peace and reconciliation.
  • Pray for the provision of food and for the threat of severe hunger to be lifted.
  • Lift up those in the most vulnerable areas affected by war and violence; ask for God's peace and protection.

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