A young farmer in South Sudan
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South Sudan

Combating hunger together

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The world's youngest state is sinking into crisis: 8.9 million people in South Sudan are currently in need of humanitarian assistance. Help has been providing aid in South Sudan since 2011 and supports the population in the fight against hunger. In addition, we are committed to improving access to clean water and health care.

The people in South Sudan are in urgent need of help. Donate now for South Sudan!

„Lately it's been getting harder and harder to feed my family. Especially my daughter Aluel has lost a lot of weight.  Since Help set up the malnutrition treatment centre, many mothers and their children have been going there. In the past, it happened very often that babies did not survive the hunger period, but since Help's staff came to our village and sent us to the treatment centre in time, no child in my village has died of hunger.“  Donate now

What is the situation like in South Sudan?

Hunger and war: a young state suffers

On 9 July 2011, South Sudan declared its independence from the North. After decades of civil war, hope for peace and economic development sprouted. Unfortunately, any hope was dashed as early as December 2013. The power struggle between the supporters of President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar escalated. The young state was plunged into a brutal civil war that has claimed over 400,000 lives so far. Although a peace treaty was officially signed on 22 February 2020, the recurrent violence in the country shows how fragile this peace is.

Food supplies in particular have been precarious since the fighting began. 90 per cent of the population depend on agriculture. But for fear of attacks and violence, more than 4 million people in South Sudan are on the run, and the fields lie fallow. In addition, disasters such as floods regularly occur, destroying entire livelihoods. 

Organisations like Help are also unable to provide sufficient food for the people in the combat zones. As long as the violence continues, ideal conditions are created for famine and further victims - every year anew. Currently, around 8.9 million people in South Sudan are dependent on aid.

How is Help providing support in South Sudan?


Water means life 

Help's objective is to provide the population of South Sudan with long-term support and to contribute to the sustainable development of the country. We support refugees, displaced persons and the local population in the Lakes State region. One of our priorities is treating malnourished children and pregnant women in our health centres. Special nutritional supplements help the children and expectant mothers to recover.

In many regions, people also do not have access to clean drinking water and are at risk of diarrhoea, which can have devastating consequences. We are therefore building wells, emptying or securely closing full latrines and constructing new sanitary facilities where they are needed. Alongside these measures, we provide hygiene training courses and train pump mechanics. This way we ensure that people will be able to use and maintain the wells in the long term.

Donors and partners: AA (Auswärtiges Amt), BMZ (Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung), Stiftung der deutschen Lions, UNICEF



Able to hope again

Anyer Bulen Dit is 45 years old. She fled from the war, leaving her home village, Bor. She found refuge in Mingkaman. But due to poor hygiene conditions, there was a high risk of diseases such as cholera breaking out. Help showed the people in Mingkaman how to use latrines correctly and how to empty and close them, and ran hygiene training courses. Preparing food correctly to protect it from contamination and bacteria is also crucial for people’s health. “We’ve learnt a lot thanks to Help. Now we have a better chance of stopping cholera from breaking out and spreading.”

Facts and Figures

    • In South Sudan, 8.9 million people are in need of humanitarian aid (03/2022)
    • 4.3 million people from South Sudan are displaced, 2 million of them within the country (02/2022)
    • 7.2 million people have no secure access to food (04/2022)
    • 1.4 million children in South Sudan are acutely malnourished (12/2020)

    Sources: Reliefweb

    So far, we have:

    • supplied aid to around 172,000 affected people
    • constructed 12 malnutrition treatment centres, where we are training 30 nurses and where 4,000 severely malnourished children will be treated every year 
    • drilled and repaired 273 wells, which will supply 136,500 people with clean drinking water
    • formed 259 water committees, who will be responsible for the daily maintenance of the water point/water source
    • trained 85 pump mechanics
    • supplied water canisters to 10,000 households
    • constructed 1,800 latrines
    • emptied or closed 600 full latrines
    • trained 70,000 people in hygiene procedures
    • supplied 1,500 girls with sanitary items for menstrual hygiene

    (March 2020)


    An aid delivery with therapeutic food

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