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. We're also providing emergency support to families uprooted by renewed violence.
Renewed ethnic conflict in South Sudan has killed thousands and uprooted 1 million people from their homes. Donate now to support families in crisis in South Sudan.
How We Help
- Since December, when a political rivalry between South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, and Riek Machar, a former vice president, erupted into violence, thousands of people have been killed and more than a million have been forced to flee their homes. The IRC is providing urgently needed medical care, water and sanitation services, protection for vulnerable women and girls, and other assistance.
- 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.
Last updated May 2014