The IRC in South Sudan
After a long and brutal civil war, South Sudan seceded from Sudan on July 9, 2011. The International Rescue Committee has been one of the largest providers of aid in South Sudan for over 20 years. Today we provide more than 700,000 people in the struggling new nation with vital services including healthcare, child survival programs, education, and sexual violence aid and prevention projects.
How We Help
- In the wake of a Jan. 2014 cease fire agreement between the government of South Sudan and opposition forces, the IRC is continuing to assist civilians uprooted by the conflict. In the short term, our focus is on protetcting women and girls in the capital city, Juba.
- The IRC runs clinics and trains local health workers to provide basic and reproductive health care.
- We construct classrooms, train teachers and develop and improve educational policy and administration.
- The IRC provides returning South Sudanese with counseling and job training and instructs them on their rights as citizens.
- We train community leaders and government officials on the importance of upholding human rights.
- The IRC empowers survivors of sexual violence to express their concerns and provides medical, psychosocial and legal support.
- The IRC provides emergency aid to Sudanese refugees who have fled ongoing fighting and food shortages in Sudan's South Kordofan region.