About the Crisis
An estimated 7.5 million people in South Sudan need urgent humanitarian assistance and nearly 4 million people have fled their homes as a result of a multi-year conflict that began in December 2013.
South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis is made worse by droughts and floods, a collapsing economy, widespread food insecurity. In addition, there are frequent attacks against humanitarian workers who put their own lives at risk to reach millions of women, children and men in desperate need.
USAID and its partners are working against all odds to overcome these obstacles and deliver life-saving assistance. Aid workers are using every means possible—including air, river, and road—to reach South Sudan’s most vulnerable people. With our partners, we are providing food and nutrition support, safe drinking water, emergency medical care, improved hygiene and sanitation, emergency shelter materials, and other vital relief supplies to millions in need.
More information on the U.S. government’s humanitarian response to South Sudan, including past fact sheets and maps, can be found here.
How You Can Help
- Send cash donations to reputable relief organizations working on the ground. They can make the most difference and save the most lives. Here’s how.
- If you are interested in volunteering, this page has what you need to know.
- Detailed information on how relief organizations use donations can be found at: GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and the Better Business Bureau.
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