africa_southsudanWhat’s Happening in South Sudan?

South Sudan became the world’s newest nation in July 2011. But in December 2013, fighting between rebel militia and the government escalated into a civil war.

With several thousand killed and over a million people displaced by violence, South Sudan is facing a looming famine and is at high risk of genocide and mass atrocities.

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Fragile Birth

South Sudan gained independence in 2011


10k+ Dead

Killed in fighting since December 2013


50,000 Children

Risk death from starvation, as fighting disrupts farming

The Growing Conflict

south-sudan-boy-850South Sudan has struggled with some of the worst development indicators in the world and ongoing tensions both with Sudan and between ethnic groups internally.

High-level political disputes, particularly between former Vice President Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir, eventually led to the dissolution of the cabinet and the firing of Riek Machar. Tensions came to a head when members of the presidential guard and members of the army loyal to Machar fought in the capital, Juba, in December 2013.

The violence has spiraled ever since taking on an ethnic dimension with Machar, ethnically Nuer, leading a group of rebels against President Salva Kiir, ethnically Dinka.

Both the government and the rebels have committed atrocities and international efforts to address the crisis continue.

South Sudan, A Country in Jeopardy

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Time is running out for millions of people in South Sudan.

Time is running out for millions of people in South Sudan. There are dangerous warning signs of increased fighting and potential genocide.

Since fighting started in December 2013 between President Salva Kiir and his former vice president Riek Machar, an estimated 50,000 people have been killed, 1.9 million people have been forced from their homes and the threat of widespread famine looms.




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