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.