The Situation

Famine declared in parts of South Sudan

War has ravished South Sudan for the past three years and as a result, 1.5million South Sudanese civilians have fled to refugee camps.

An estimated 100,000 people who have stayed in South Sudan, are now facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine.  

More than 20 million people may face starvation in a series of famines over the next six months.

– World Food Programme (WFP)

The impact of the three-year conflict, combined with high food prices, economic disruption and low agricultural production has resulted in the UN declaring famine in Unity State, South Sudan.

Tearfund is responding. Your generous donation can bring hope and help to ease the suffering of affected families.

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Tearfund will respond to the crisis as a member of the Integral Alliance

  • A UN declaration of famine means the following:


  • Food shortages

    At least 20 per cent of a population faces extreme food shortages

  • Nutrition levels fall

    30 per cent of people experience acute malnutrition

  • Rate of death

    At least two people per 10,000 die every day

A doctor hands out deworming tablets at the border crossing

A mother and child recieve healthcare treatment from MTI at Palorinya Refugee Settlement

A young South Sudanese refugee sits atop her families belongings after crossing the border into Uganda

Lining up for food in Palorinya refugee settlement

Polio drops are given to this young baby at the South Sudan border crossing into Uganda

South Sudanese refugee Mary and her son sit inside their home in Pagirinya refugee settlement

More information

  • The hunger situation in South Sudan continues to deteriorate.
  • 4.9 million (About 42% of population) estimated to be severely food insecure from February to April 2017.
  • Food insecure means that people lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
  • This is projected to increase to 5.5 million people, (47% of the national population) at the height of the 2017 lean season in July. 

Acute malnutrition remains a major public health emergency in South Sudan. Out of 23 counties, 14 have Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) at or above 15%. GAM of above 30% is observed in Leer and Panyijiar while Mayendit had GAM levels of 27.3%.

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Help families from war-torn, famine-affected South Sudan.

Note: Locations may change as we continue to access the needs of communities. If funds raised exceed Tearfund’s requirements for this appeal, your gift will go to our General Disaster Fund for future disaster response and preparedness.

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Radio Interviews 

Kiwi working with South Sudanese refugees in Uganda says "there's still hope for some". —Thursday, 16 March 2017

Kiwi father of two and the Country Director of Tearfund’s partner Tutapona currently in Bidi Bidi settlement Uganda, on the border of South Sudan Tim Manson joins Ali Mau on drive to talk about the terrible conditions there. —Thursday, 16 March 2017