South Sudan: Facing catastrophe [IRC Report]
November 10, 2014 by The IRC
|A severely malnourished boy rests at an International Rescue Committee feeding center in Ganyliel, South Sudan. Photo: Peter Biro/IRC|
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.