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South Sudan

South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, celebrated its independence in 2011. The hope for a peaceful future brought by independence was not to last, however. In December 2013, violent confrontations between government and opposition forces led to a brutal civil war that is still raging. Since then, over 4 million South Sudanese people have been forced to flee their homes, and almost half of the country's population does not have enough to eat. This leads to a high risk of infectious diseases such as cholera and measles. The years-long conflict has seen the inadequate infrastructure which was available before completely collapse, making many regions inaccessible for humanitarian aid. Up to 2.4 million children are also out of school.

Malteser International has been working in what is now South Sudan since 1996. In recent years, our programs focus on improving water, sanitation and hygiene as well as food and nutrition security. They build however, on a strong experience in the healthcare with activities including provision of basic medical care as well as the treatment of tuberculosis and sleeping sickness.

Malteser International Locations: Juba, Maridi, Rumbek, Wau, Yei


Marcel Goeke 
Email: marcel.goeke(at)malteser-international.org

Millions are on the brink of starvation, but bringing aid to them is a challenge

More people are hungry in more places than ever before in South Sudan. Nearly 6 million people – more than half of the country’s population – are facing a severe food crisis and are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Rahel Kuenzle is part of Malteser International’s emergency relief team in South Sudan. She tells us about a recent trip to the country’s northwestern district of Raga.

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How Lunch Can Help Secure the Future of Children

Suzanne Peter lives with her family in a refugee camp in Wau, South Sudan after they fled armed violence in their hometown. For the 8-year-old girl having a warm lunch meal everyday is no matter of course. She recently resumed her priimary education, and is one of over 5,000 pupils who receive warm meals at school thanks to our school feeding program. Find out how a lunch meal a day is bringing her closer to her dreams.

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World Day of the Poor: celebration in Juba

On Sunday, November 19, we will celebrate the First World Day of the Poor. Pope Francis announced the World Day for the Poor in his concluding message for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. To commemorate the day, the Pope will celebrate mass with people in need and those who assist them, after which he will have lunch with them in the Vatican audience hall. In support of this move, Malteser International is organizing a practical initiative for children in South Sudan:  our will have lunch together with homeless children, teachers, and about 2,000 pupils from Al Salam Primary School in Juba.

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World Humanitarian Day 2017 - Emmanuela Gore

Our staff risk their lives every day to ensure a life in health and dignity for vulnerable people around the world. In recent years, aid workers have increasingly become targets of violent attacks. On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day 2017, we talked to Emmanuela Gore, our project officer in South Sudan, who was once a beneficiary of aid. Here, she tells us her story from aid recipient to aid worker in a dangerous working condition.

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Inspiration for the future

Through years of conflict and high tension in South Sudan, Malteser International has been training hundreds of remarkable young people as nurses and health workers to help them fulfil their dream of building a better future for their fragile country. Read some of their stories here:

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