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East Africa & Great Lakes

South Sudan

DRC has been present in South Sudan since 2005, implementing projects in Upper Nile, Unity, Jonglei, Western Bahr el Ghazal and Eastern Equatoria states. South Sudan represents the largest refugee crisis in Africa, with over 2.3 million refugees and asylum seekers hosted in Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and, to a lesser extent, DR Congo. South Sudan faces high levels of internal displacement, with 2.2 million internally displaced persons as of 30 September 2022.

Current situation

South Sudan has faced three subsequent years of above-average flooding in areas along the Nile and Loi rivers, causing some areas of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Niles states to be continuously submerged. Facing floods and the subsequent loss of their livelihoods and damage to their properties, thousands of people have been forced to move.

Between April and July 2022, more than 62 percent of the population faced crisis levels of food insecurity. Some of them are at emergency levels, which requires external support to ensure families don’t have to skip meals or go days without food.

People are also being displaced by conflict, such as the violence in Abyei Administrative Area in early 2022. Past and ongoing violence has led to a high circulation of illicit small arms and light weapons, as well as contamination of mines and cluster munitions – all of them posing a risk to the population’s security.

In addition, South Sudan is a dangerous environment for humanitarian actors, with 144 security incidents and 8 humanitarian staff reported killed during the first half of 2022. This limits the ability to deliver humanitarian support to vulnerable people in an unimpeded manner.

Core sectors South Sudan

Economic Recovery
Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding
Shelter and Settlements
Camp Coordination and Camp Management

Displacement trends

Source: | DRC Foresight

12 Sep 2023

DRC attends the 11th Meeting of State Parties of the Convention on Cluster Munitions on 11th to 14th of September.

18 Aug 2023

DRC Defies the Dark and Lights Up the Renk Transit Center

16 Aug 2023

Beyond Borders: A Tale of Hope and shadows of compassion - The Journey of a Humanitarian Aid Worker

09 Aug 2023

Bridging the Divide by Pioneering Gender Equality among refugees in AjoungThok, South Sudan

01 Aug 2023

A single mother's struggle for survival amidst chaos

26 Jul 2023

Farming in the Flood Waters – DRC’s Chinampa Gardens in Bentiu

DocumentsAll Documents

Danish Refugee Council, Economic Recovery Profile Sector in South Sudan

15 Sep 2023

Cleaner, Safer Fuel in Bentiu, South Sudan

08 Sep 2023

Mine Action and Cluster Munitions Project Summary

22 Aug 2023

Complimentary Action for Resilience Building (CARB) Project Summary.

16 Aug 2023

Working Together Towards Financial Inclusion for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in South Sudan

03 Aug 2023

Prevention of the use of Children in Armed Forces and/or Armed Groups (CAAFAG) project summary

26 Jul 2023

Why we are there

Protection is at the core of DRC’s work. In the midst of crisis, it is important for an organization like DRC to support people who have lost almost everything while protecting themselves from violence, heavy rains, droughts, human rights abuses, exploitation and neglect.

DRC is a leader in Camp Coordination & Camp Management – coordinating partner agencies to ensure that everyone has the basic services required for a safe and dignified life.

DRC works with communities to address the root causes of displacement, such as climate change and conflict.

What we do

DRC’s mobile response teams work in the hardest-to-reach areas to provide lifesaving support and emergency supplies, with a focus on the most vulnerable.

DRC works to make communities safer by promoting peace and clearing landmines and unexploded ordinances.

Part of this work includes helping people identify risks and engaging community members and leaders to implement conflict-sensitive governance.

DRC is the social cohesion lead for the Complementary Action for Resilience Building (CARB) consortium.

Working in collaboration with

United States Agency for International Development
United States Agency for International Development
World Food Programme
World Food Programme
European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Netherlands
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Netherlands
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Global Affairs Canada
Global Affairs Canada
South Sudan Humanitarian Fund