South Sudan is Africa’s largest and fastest growing refugee crisis

Since December 2013, civil war in South Sudan has claimed thousands of lives and driven over 4 million people from their homes.

While many remain displaced inside the country, over 2.4 million have fled to neighbouring countries in a desperate bid to reach safety.

With over half of all South Sudanese refugees aged under 18, the situation has been labelled “a children’s crisis”. Many flee alone and arrive traumatised, weak and malnourished.

“The journey was so hard. The sun was very hot and we had trouble finding food and water. Our uncle decided to turn back but we continued on because we wanted to go to school.”

Kenyi, 17, is among more than 5,000 unaccompanied South Sudanese refugee children who have arrived in Uganda.

UNHCR staff are on frontlines of this crisis, meeting South Sudanese refugees as they flee across borders and providing them life-saving assistance and protection.

But with no end to the conflict in sight and funds stretched to the limit, your support is urgently needed to help families in desperate need.

A health worker screens a child for signs of malnutrition at a health centre in Uganda, one of six countries where South Sudanese families seek safety. ©UNHCR/J.Ose

Your gift can help provide:

  • Shelter and protection for unaccompanied children
  • Safe drinking water and proper sanitation facilities
  • Emergency nutrition for malnourished children
  • Blankets, mattresses, kitchen sets, mosquito nets and other life-saving supplies
Please support South Sudanese families

“Many children are arriving unaccompanied, separated and deeply traumatised… The cycle of violence must be brought to an end.” Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Your donation in action

A South Sudanese refugee and her daughter are provided with blankets and soap by a UNHCR field worker.

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South Sudanese refugee children who were forced to flee conflict.


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A South Sudanese refugee carries sleeping mats to his family at the Numanzi Transit Centre in Uganda.


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A young South Sudanese refugee washes his hands using a “tip-it-tap” at Bidibidi refugee settlement in Uganda


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