Clashes between government and opposition forces are reported in Upper Nile, Jonglei, Central and Eastern Equatoria, and Western Bahr el Ghazal, causing widespread human rights violations, large scale internal displacement and refugee outflow towards Sudan and Uganda. Violence against aid workers has escalated, hampering aid delivery in conflict-affected areas.

Food insecurity continues to affect 5.69 million people. Critical malnutrition levels are reported in Upper Nile, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Eastern Equatoria, and Jonglei. 

INFORM measures South Sudan's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster for 2018 to be extremely high, at 9/10, an increase from 8.8/10 in 2017 and 8.3/10 in 2016. South Sudan's vulnerability is measured at 9.3/10.

Latest Developments

05/08: On 5 August a power-sharing deal was signed between President Salva Kiir and opposition leader, Riek Machar. Kiir will remain president and Machar will be the first of five vice presidents.  ?

Key priorities

Food security: Ongoing violence, market disruption, and crop failures have resulted in record food prices, and instability has spread to areas that were previously stable.

Health: The crisis continues to trigger major public health risks and disease outbreaks including malaria, cholera and measles.

Protection: Civilians are regularly subjected to human rights violations including sexual violence.  Reports of targeted attacks against civilians have increased since July 2016.

Information Gaps and needs

  • During the rainy season (May to October), a large part of South Sudan is inaccessible due to the poor state of roads, limiting data on displacement on population needs.
  • Lack of information regarding the number of displaced in host communities and the needs of host communities.
  • Limited information on needs of refugees in-country.
  • While there are reports of people moving to neighbouring countries in search for food, there is limited information on population movement driven by food insecurity in-country.
  • Lack of information on returnees and their needs. 
Key documents

South Sudan Education Cluster, Global Partnership for Educations & ACAPS


South Sudan, Education Cluster Assessment

South Sudan


Humanitarian Needs Overview

Peace: the only thing worth fighting for


Scenarios for South Sudan in 2020

National Human Development Report 2015


South Sudan

United Nations Mission in South Sudan


The State of Human Rights in the Protracted Conflict in South Sudan

Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers in South Sudan


We Can Die Too


Market in crises: South Sudan case study

Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium


Looking back to look ahead? Reviewing key lessons from Operation Lifeline Sudan and past humanitarian operations in South Sudan