We are working hard to get emergency food assistance to children and families following the declaration of famine in some parts of the country.

South Sudan is the world’s youngest country, gaining independence in 2011 after two decades of civil war. But war broke again in 2013, displacing millions, disrupting farming and blocking the supply of food and aid.

The combination of conflict, drought and economic collapse has led to severe food shortages. In South Sudan’s war-torn Unity State, famine has been declared – the first famine the world has seen in six years.


South Sudan’s children face huge challenges just to survive.
  • Children are already dying of hunger every day.
  • Thousands more children are at risk of starvation and death.
  • Many children are already too malnourished to go to school or live a normal life.
  • More than half of the population are also living without access to safe water.
Displaced boy in South Sudan flies kite
Kuol flies a kite in a community supported by Plan International.
South Sudan girl receives nutritious meal
A girl receives lunch at school, provided by Plan International.
Children learn the alphabet in South Sudan
A boy learns the alphabet in one of Plan International's child-friendly spaces.

How we're helping

We have been working in the region for almost two decades, providing nutritious food, safe water, farming supplies and health education to vulnerable communities.

But as the food crisis worsens, we urgently need your help to save children from starvation and stop the spread of this devastating famine. Please help us deliver urgent food parcels, nutritional medicine and crop seeds to the hardest hit communities.