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Conflict in South Sudan

In 2011, South Sudan become the world's newest country, after an historic vote for independence. Today, the country is struggling with a series of conflicts that have displaced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.

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Children in South Sudan near a World Vision project. PHOTO: Jon Warren / World Vision
Aug 27, 2015

South Sudan deal is just the start of a long road to peace

The signing of the peace agreement by President Salva Kiir Mayardit is a positive step toward ending the brutal 20-month civil war in South Sudan.

World Vision began resuming limited operations in Upper Nile, South Sudan after suspending programs last month due to violence.
Jun 15, 2015

World Vision resumes limited operations in Upper Nile after violence, looting shut down programs

World Vision began resuming limited operations in Upper Nile, South Sudan after suspending programs last month due to violence. 

The violence in South Sudan's Unity State has left thousands dead, hundreds of thousands displaced, of these are thousands of children afflicted by the violence. At the Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp, an estimated 5,000 children had arrived by mid-January. PHOTO: World Vision / Lucy Murunga
May 11, 2015

More than 10,000 children face malnutrition as aid agencies forced to withdraw staff in South Sudan

World Vision has been forced to stop its life-saving interventions, including nutrition programs for children and distribution of blankets, sleeping mats, hygiene products, shelter materials, and mosquito nets, because of ongoing violence in South Sudan's Unity State.

Mar 31, 2015

Innovative therapeutic food revives newborn suffering from worms and malnutrition

It takes two hours on a bumpy road to get to Ayien Amiol Health Clinic in South Sudan’s Warrup state, where Nyayiik Bol and her son are receiving medical care. She's had stomach pain since she was pregnant, and he suffers from malnutrition and worms. World Vision is helping by setting up this health clinic to treat them and 700 others in their area.

South Sudan: Former child soldiers released, long road to recovery begins
Feb 12, 2015

South Sudan: Former child soldiers released, long road to recovery begins

An estimated 3,000 child soldiers are expected to be released by a rebel group in South Sudan in the coming month. These children must undergo a complex rehabilitation process in order to recover from the horrors they have experienced.

 

A World Vision staff member listens to children during a focus group in South Sudan. PHOTO: Melany Markham / World Vision
Jan 29, 2015

Release of former child soldiers in South Sudan is just the beginning, says World Vision

Former child soldiers, like the 3,000 to be released in South Sudan, have a long way to go in their recovery. Supporting them at every stage will be vital, says World Vision child protection experts.

These three children are among tens of thousands internally displaced by the conflict in South Sudan. PHOTO: World Vision / Melany Markham
Dec 5, 2014

Children in South Sudan face another Christmas far from home

Children in South Sudan face another Christmas far from home.

World Vision International President Kevin Jenkins visits with Veronica, a mother of five, and her youngest child, Joseph Kyanowok. PHOTO: Nigel Marsh / World Vision
Oct 15, 2014

South Sudan escapes official famine, but even without a name hunger still kills

South Sudan’s food insecurity crisis hasn’t worsened to the point of famine, but the threat still looms large with meager crops potentially only delaying life-threatening hunger.

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The World Post: How South Sudan's conflict is killing women far from the battlefield (LINK)

South Sudan has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world -- 2,054 deaths per 100,000 births, according to the last national survey in 2006. No other country comes close: The next two highest-ranked countries, Somalia and Chad, have maternal mortality rates half as high as South Sudan's. And aid workers at several agencies told The WorldPost that they believe the official numbers actually understate the situation in South Sudan, since many women die in their homes or en route to hospitals, where their deaths go unrecorded.

HuffPost: Inside a South Sudanese maternity ward (LINK)

South Sudan has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world, with the most recent figures estimating that 2,054 mothers die for every 100,000 live births -- some 200 times the ratio in the United Kingdom. In this remote and under-resourced country, around 90 percent of women do not give birth in formal medical facilities like hospitals and clinics, increasing the dangers for mother and child.

CBN News: South Sudan: 'A cesspool of human suffering' (LINK)

Four years ago on July 9, 2011, South Sudan became an independent nation after decades of fighting. Many hoped peace would finally take hold, but that hasn't happened. As CBN News discovered, war has again gripped this new country leaving thousands dead and millions displaced.

CBN News reports on the crisis in South Sudan (LINK > VIDEO)

The world's newest nation is also one of its most fragile. Since gaining independence in 2011, South Sudan has fallen into conflict and chaos, and it is the children who are suffering the most in the violence and privation. CBN follows World Vision to Sudan, interviewing President Rich Stearns and showing operations at a Protection of Civilians camp where internally displaced people are being fed by World Vision and child malnutrition assessed.

Where World Vision is working in South Sudan (map - PDF)

This map of South Sudan shows World Vision project locations.

Report: "Pawns of Politics" (2nd edition, PDF)

A World Vision report on children, conflict, and peace in Northern Uganda.

HuffPost Live: In midst of civil war, millions are going hungry in Sudan (VIDEO)

An upsurge in fighting has displaced more than 100,000 people in South Sudan and blocked humanitarian aid for hundreds of thousands more. Representatives from three NGOs discuss what can be done.

Twin girls born via c-section at the Warrup State Hospital (VIDEO)

World Vision President Rich Stearns was present at Warrup State Hospital in South Sudan when twin girls were born, miraculously in the midst of this brutal civil war, delivered by c-section.

Joint Report: "Rescuing the Peace in Southern Sudan" (PDF)

A joint NGO briefing paper detailing how if the people of southern Sudan are to have hope for the future, they urgently need development and protection from violence. Sudan faces many interlocking challenges, but if the international community acts now, they are surmountable.

An open letter to the participants of the UN meeting on Sudan (PDF)

An open letter by five NGOs urging that the international community must not lose sight of the range of humanitarian and development challenges across Sudan.

HuffPo Live VIDEO: The truth behind South Sudan's children, stricken by one year of war

The Huffington Post's Josh Zepps talks with Jessica Bousquette, a child protection expert with World Vision, and lead author of a World Vision report on the impact on children of war in South Sudan.

The World Post: How the world's newest country went from hope to horror in one year (LINK)

Hopes had been sky high when, after decades of war, South Sudan won independence from Sudan in 2011. International observers hoped South Sudan would use its vast untapped resources to emerge from the ravages of war. But the dream has unravelled with dramatic speed. One year on, the International Red Cross is warning that South Sudan risks becoming "yet another forgotten state."

Huffington Post Impact: Children in South Sudan face another Christmas far from home (LINK)

There are very few safe places for children like Elizabeth. She and others we spoke to said that they live in fear every day, even on a Protection of Civilian site with UN peacekeepers present. World Vision wanted to hear more from children like Elizabeth who are caught in the midst of this conflict to learn how it's affected their lives. So we spoke with over 150 children who, like Elizabeth, have dreams for the future.

World Vision aids new wave of South Sudanese displaced by conflict

World Vision is responding to the needs of thousands of people who have been displaced by yet another wave of violence and have fled to a Protection of Civilians camp in Malakal, South Sudan.