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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, which continues to afflict the population to this day. A peace treaty was signed in August 2018, but it remains to be seen whether it will stabilize the country in the long term.

Since then, over 4 million South Sudanese people have been forced to flee their homes. The risk of infectious diseases such as cholera and measles spreading is high. In some regions, the already completely inadequate water supply and infrastructure has collapsed completely. Half of the population is considered acutely food insecure (as of January 2021). The situation is exacerbated by the fact that neighboring countries of South Sudan - including the DR Congo, Ethiopia and Uganda - are also struggling with difficult situations, and South Sudanese refugees are placing an additional burden on these countries.

Your donation can help people in need in South Sudan!

With your donation we help people in South Sudan

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 (WASH), nutrition security and health. Our goal is to improve the livelihoods of households in need in the long term.

Our commitment to the hunger crisis in South Sudan

The civil war in South Sudan in recent years forced the rural population to flee the ongoing violence. Many fled to urban areas and suburbs. The population influx into these areas, which were already affected by civil war, worsened the already problematic supply of food and access to clean water. Hunger, malnutrition and undernourishment prevail. Meanwhile, some families return to their villages to find poor water supplies. In addition, there is a lack of seeds and agricultural equipment to recultivate the abandoned fields.

The hunger crisis 2022 in numbers:

  • At the end of 2022, 6.6 million people were food insecure.
  • For April-July 2023, it is projected that 7.76 million people will be food insecure (in IPC stage 3 of a hunger crisis and higher). This is 63% of the population.


The impact of the Covid 19 pandemic:

The Covid-19 pandemic is further exacerbating the situation in South Sudan. The virus not only threatens the health of the people, but also has fatal effects on the economy and the food situation: food prices have risen enormously and there are fewer employment opportunities. In addition, imports from neighboring countries such as Uganda are declining and limiting food availability. School operations are currently limited. From March to October 2020, schools were completely closed. For many children, school meals were the only hot meal they had each day. As of now, graduating classes can attend school again.

How we help people in the hunger crisis:

We improve water, sanitation and hygiene supply:

  • We build wells, especially in rural areas, and use water tests and water containers to ensure that the water is clean.
  • We are rebuilding water and sanitation facilities at schools.
  • We support rural families in building their own household latrines.
  • Hygiene promotion is carried out at schools and in communities, and women's groups are supported through training on hygiene and nutrition topics.
  • We distribute hand-washing stations and soap to households and schools, and conduct education campaigns on protective measures against covid-19.


We are committed to food security:

  • We support families in villages, especially returning refugees, to cultivate their fields again. To this end, we distribute locally produced seeds and agricultural equipment.
  • We provide training on good farming practices and set up demonstration gardens.
  • We support women in building kitchen gardens through training, seeds and tools.
  • We provide training on seed multiplication.
  • In schools, we take care of school meals (currently only for graduating classes, as schools are only open to them) and the operation of school gardens to impart knowledge of cultivation techniques and raise awareness about nutrition.
  • The country is also affected by natural disasters, especially flooding, which is frequent in southern Sudan due to the many rivers. Currently, families in Juba have been affected by flooding from the Nile River. They lost their crops and in many cases their entire household. We are helping them by distributing hygiene items, restoring access to clean water, and assisting them in restarting their agricultural activities.


Stories from South Sudan:

Forgotten Crises #IntoFocus

South Sudan is one of three countries that are part of the #IntoFocus Campagne, which sheds light on forgotten crises. 

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"My healthy friend"

In our project, schoolgirls in Juba County learn how to protect themselves against the coronavirus. 

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Read how Emmanuela Gore went from being a beneficiary of aid to a humanitarian in one of the most dangerous countries for aid workers.

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Millions are on the brink of starvation

More people are hungry in more places than ever before in South Sudan.

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How Lunch Can Help Secure the Future of Children

For Suzanne Peter having a warm lunch meal everyday is no matter of course.

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Lunch meals

Our program aims at alleviating hunger for the most vulnerable by providing primary school children with a hot, nutritious meal.

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A well of hope

The abandoned village of Momoi has renewed hope for a better future.

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Conversation in place of fighting

The conflict between pastoralists and farmers is a recurrent source of conflict in South Sudan.

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Finding refuge in the House of God

In Wau, South Sudan’s second largest city, tens of thousands of people have found refuge.

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Inspiration for the future

We have been training hundreds of remarkable young people as nurses and health workers to help them build a better future.

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Promoting urban gardens

One of our strategies to tackle the ongoing issue of food insecurity in South Sudan is to proliferate school gardens. 

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As a sponsoring partner, your regular donation gives real, life-changing help to people in need in our project regions. Your commitment helps us plan ahead and bring about long-lasting impact.

  • We put your generous donation to use, bringing help to those who need it most.
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Project info

Our Work in South Sudan

Office locations: Juba, Wau

Project regions: Juba, Wau, Maridi, Yei, Deim Zubeir, Rumbek

Partners: Don Bosco Wau, Catholic University of South Sudan, Catholic Diocese of Wau, Rural Action Against Hunger (RAAH)

Photo credit: Nyokabi Kahura/Malteser International


Mathis Biermann


Email: mathis.biermann(at)malteser-international.org

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