South Sudan

On the eve of South Sudan's official declaration of independence, celebrations included children singing the new national anthem. Photo by Sara A. Fajardo/CRS

On the eve of South Sudan's official declaration of independence, celebrations included children singing the new national anthem. Photo by Sara A. Fajardo/CRS

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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Stats

Population:11,562,695 (July 2014 est.)
Size:248,777 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than Texas
People Served:918,119

History

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.

Partners

Caritas South Sudan
Solidarity with South Sudan

Programs

Agriculture
Civil Society and Governance
Disaster Response
Microfinance
Peacebuilding
Water and Sanitation


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