South Sudan is facing a critical food crisis and millions of lives are at risk. Because of the conflict that started in December 2013, more than 1.5 million people have been forced to flee their homes. As a result, crops have not been planted, livestock have been lost, and many traders have fled. The UN estimates now that four million people are at risk of severe food shortages this year.
Displaced communities are left without the food they need to survive and are almost entirely reliant on emergency food rations. Some communities have fled several times in search of safety. Humanitarian groups struggle to reach certain communities because of insecurity, poor infrastructure, and heavy rains.
Medair teams continue to respond to the dire needs through delivering life-saving assistance in the areas of health and nutrition and water and sanitation, and through the distribution of non-food items.
Medair has been working in South Sudan since 1991 and is a key player in humanitarian coordination among the many agencies present in Juba, South Sudan.
Medair has the capacity to respond to emergencies wherever they arise in South Sudan. For example, Renk County in Upper Nile State is one of the places where our teams are working right now. Renk is one of the most underserved counties in South Sudan. Families lack access to health care, safe drinking water, or sanitation facilities. Thousands of returnees and IDPs overwhelm the already struggling host communities.
When crisis strikes, health risks multiply. Families suffer from preventable diseases. Children are weakened from malnutrition. Everyone needs health care and nutrition—especially during crisis.
Safe shelter is at the very core of human survival and dignity. Infrastructure like roads, bridges, schools, and clinics help communities recover from crisis and build a better future.
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Watch this video (in french) and find out more about our work to improve access to safe drinking water in South Sudan.