The IRC in South Sudan
After a long and brutal civil war, South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011. The International Rescue Committee has been one of the largest providers of aid in South Sudan for over 20 years. Today, as the world's newest nation is consumed by its own civil war, the IRC is providing emergency assistance to more than 800,000 people.
How We Help
- Since December 2013, 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 some 2 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 refugees 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.