International Rescue Committee (IRC)

South Sudan: Facing catastrophe [IRC Report]

Updated Nov. 20, 2014

The world’s youngest nation is facing a humanitarian catastrophe.

Thousands of people have been killed and nearly 2 million driven from their homes in South Sudan since civil war erupted in December 2013. The fighting brought an abrupt end to three years of relative stability following South Sudan’s separation from Sudan. Millions of people are facing the threat of famine and some 50,000 children are at risk of dying of acute malnutrition.

The International Rescue Committee and its aid workers have witnessed firsthand the suffering caused by this crisis. With decades of experience working in South Sudan’s hardest hit areas—both before and after independence—the IRC has released a new report providing on-the-ground evidence and urgent recommendations to help save lives.

Read the full report

Read the press release:
IRC report finds South Sudanese enduring unspeakable suffering with no end in sight

Download a PDF version of the report:
Uprooted by conflict: South Sudan’s displacement crisis

Video: Crisis in South Sudan

Eyewitness to suffering

“Many South Sudanese people I interviewed for this report told me that in the past year they have suffered and witnessed even greater horrors than during their country’s many decades of wars with the north. I met those who have fled the fighting to reach sites where they thought they would be safe. Yet most are still living in fear—of further physical and sexual attacks, or of malnutrition and diseases caused by inhumane living conditions, or of losing any chances for their children’s future. Around 100,000 people have been living for months inside UN peacekeeping bases for protection in South Sudan—but even inside the bases they don’t feel safe.”

- Melanie Teff, IRC senior advocacy coordinator and the report's author and researcher

On Nov. 18, Melanie spoke at a panel discussion on South Sudan hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. Watch a recording of the event, South Sudan: Political crisis, humanitarian disaster.

How the IRC Helps

The IRC's humanitarian aid work in South Sudan

1 comment


I really appreciated the good

I really appreciated the good work done by IRC South Sudan keep it up. The suffering of the people by the conflict is heat touching and the world has to help them in reaching to long lasting solution.