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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.

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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.

Stories from South Sudan:

#WomenHumanitarians: ''Helping people claim their rights to digníty is my life's purpose''

On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day 2019, we are honouring our #WomenHumanitarians who staff risk their lives every day to ensure a life in health and dignity for vulnerable people around the world. Emmanuela Gore, our project officer in South Sudan, is one of them. Read how the 36-year-old went from being a beneficiary of aid to a humanitarian in one of the most dangerous countries for aid workers.

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South Sudan: Finding refuge in the House of God

Five years of civil war in South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, has forced more than four million people away from their homes, half of them are displaced in their own country. In Wau, South Sudan’s second largest city, tens of thousands of people have found refuge.

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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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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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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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Promoting urban gardens in the fight against hunger

One of our strategies to tackle the ongoing issue of food insecurity in South Sudan is to proliferate school gardens. By teaching the younger generation productive and sustainable methods of cultivating vegetables and fruits, they can become self-reliant in the future, thereby securing a brighter future for themselves.

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Lunch meals and good hygiene practices

In South Sudan, our school feeding program aims at alleviating hunger for the most vulnerable by providing primary school children with a hot, nutritious meal every day. We also organize hygiene training so that children do not suffer from hunger, remain healthy and attend school regularly.

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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.

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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


Anja Müting
Email: anja.mueting(at)malteser-international.org

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