Since December 2013, CRS and South Sudan have had to confront the reality of fragile, inter-ethnic relationships that have loosely held the country together, devoid of a unifying national identity. The consequence of these weak relationships, coupled with destabilizing political jockeying, has been large-scale fighting and displacement in the world's newest nation. The presence of Catholic Relief Services in South Sudan, together with its local partners, is needed now more than ever to strengthen these relationships and promote healing, while continuing to deliver lifesaving emergency and development assistance.
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|Population:||11,562,695 (July 2014 est.)|
|Size:||248,777 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than Texas|
Catholic Relief Services has operated in South Sudan since 1983 amidst the country's ever-changing aid scape. For nearly 25 years, CRS supported the people of South Sudan with emergency assistance and conflict mitigation amidst a period of prolonged civil war. In advance of the country's independence in July 2011, CRS increased assistance to basic service delivery while scaling up its efforts to strengthen civil society and reduce the potential of conflict around the 2011 referendum. Following independence, CRS labored to deliver broad-scale recovery and development in areas devoid of basic services for over 50 years.