South Sudan


without sufficient access to nutritious food


have fled their homes from the ongoing conflict, violence, and the threat of famine


of refugees are children


of the urban population live without safe sanitation facilities

About South Sudan

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. It was, however, a short-lived celebration. In December 2013, South Sudan erupted into civil war again along ethnic and political lines characterised by violence against civilians. This has driven 3.9 million people from their homes.

The conflict has put more than 6 million people in emergency or crisis levels of food insecurity – which means they lack sufficient access to nutritious food. Livelihoods have been heavily impacted by the conflict and subsequent economic decline. Livestock has been looted or killed, and crops destroyed or their planting delayed.

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

South Sudan is among the world’s neediest places and Tearfund is committed to working in this struggling infant nation.

How we do it

Food Security

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Church & Community Transformation

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Our Work in South Sudan

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.




beneficiaries received emergency food assistance from April to September 2017.


hygiene kits have been distributed to beneficiaries.


households have been given seeds, tools and agricultural training to help build resilience to natural disasters and conflict.

Pray for our work

  • 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.
  • Pray for God to bless and protect Tearfund staff as they continue to help those in the greatest need.

Stories from South Sudan

  • HIV positive women from NEWPU

    Cornerstones of peace

    When Evelyn from South Sudan discovered she had contracted HIV she thought her life was over. However, she has learned that she – along with others living with the virus – have an important role to play. A role as peacemakers.

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