Today, just five years after the glimmering hope of the country’s independence, conflict in South Sudan grows critical as violence sweeps the nation. Some of the worst crimes are committed against those that are in the most need. Political conflict has caused armed groups to commit massive acts of violence toward civilians — especially women, children, and humanitarian workers. People across the country are forced to flee from their homes and seek refuge in neighboring countries.

Uganda, South Sudan’s neighbor, is facing a massive influx of South Sudanese refugees because of the conflict in South Sudan. Over 90% of these refugees are women and children. In one center, 7,000 refugees were forced to sleep outdoors while torrential rains flooded the compound.


South Sudanese women with their children in a Uganda refugee camp.


Without care, the situation could become much worse. Mothers who lost their homes are struggling to feed their infants. Children who are unvaccinated are susceptible to serious diseases in overcrowded camps.

Conflict in South Sudan caused by a tumultuous history

Despite a short history, South Sudan faced nearly chronic challenges. After 25 years of civil war, the people of South Sudan hoped for a peaceful future after gaining independence in 2011. Sadly, this dream was overshadowed by poverty and conflict in South Sudan. From the start, South Sudan was one of the poorest countries in the world. Years of conflict, natural disasters, and chronic underdevelopment left the country impoverished. 1 in 7 women die during childbirth. Only half the population has access to clean drinking water. Furthermore, 84% of women are unable to read.

Medical Teams International is making a difference

Partnering with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Medical Teams is implementing health and nutrition programs at Elegu, a popular point for refugees entering Uganda. Medical Teams is responsible for medical screening, nutritional screening, and immunization. Thousands are receiving the care they need including vaccines, medicine, and essential vitamins. However, as the conflict in South Sudan continues, resources are being stretched dangerously thin.


A Medical Teams International emergency ambulance comes to Elegu to take a patient with liver cirrhosis to a nearby hospital

A Medical Teams International emergency ambulance comes to Elegu to take a patient with liver cirrhosis to a nearby hospital. 

We are working diligently to help all of the people in need, but the massive influx of people in need means we need more supplies, more doctors, and more support. It’s absolutely essential these families get the care they need and deserve. You have the power to make a difference in the lives of so many who are torn from their homes and communities. We are so grateful for your support!

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