Formed in July 2011, South Sudan remains the world’s newest country. In the two and a half years since independence, South Sudan has received humanitarian and development assistance from the international community totalling more than US$4.3 billion. During this time, the humanitarian community has responded to myriad humanitarian needs in South Sudan including providing assistance to Sudanese refugees, returnees from Sudan and those displaced by both internal fighting (mainly in Jonglei state) and seasonal flooding.
But a new crisis emerged in mid-December 2013 and, as of 23 January 2014, violence is affecting at least seven of the ten states across the country. As fighting continues and negotiations in Ethiopia fail to make any headway, this crisis seems set to extend throughout the dry season that runs until April.
This briefing provides:
- A short background to the crisis and the humanitarian situation, including key displacement figures.
- Data on donor response to the crisis so far in 2014.
- Data on overall humanitarian assistance before the crisis.
- Data are also provided on the expansion of the UN Mission in South Sudan to give a snapshot of other related non-humanitarian spending.