South Sudan became a country in July 2011. Even before gaining independence from Sudan, residents struggled with rampant poverty and inadequate civil services. In the years since, the young country has struggled with instability, and political conflict broke out more seriously in December 2013. Despite a 2015 agreement, violence continues across the country. From December 2013 to November 2014, an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 people were killed, and that number has risen since then.
According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, as of early 2017, more than 1.893 million people have been displaced by violence. Some 5.8 million people across South Sudan are in need of aid.
Almost 1 in 3 schools has been damaged, destroyed or occupied. More than 15,000 children have been recruited to fight. A teenage girl in South Sudan is three times more likely to die in childbirth than complete primary school. About 1 million children are believed to be in psychosocial distress.
Severe weather early this year has worsened the suffering: Learn about IRUSA’s climate crisis aid work for South Sudan and other countries throughout eastern Africa
Islamic Relief is working to help alleviate suffering in South Sudan.
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