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17 Dec 2018 description


The IRC’s Watchlist 2019 highlights the countries we believe are at greatest risk of experiencing the worst humanitarian crises over the coming year.

27 Sep 2018 description

Our analysis shows that millions of ‘people caught in crisis’ - people living in conflict, and/or who are displaced within their own countries or across borders – are in fact being left behind. Failure to take action now means that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not be met, undermining the credibility of the international community and leaving millions to die unnecessarily.

08 Sep 2017 description

Famine: Lessons Learned was produced as the world was responding to four potential famines simultaneously – in Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia.

Much has been written and researched on famine, and many lessons on how to best prevent and respond to famine have been learned the hard way. This paper therefore draws on lessons learned from the last 30-plus years of famine crises and response, going back to famines in Ethiopia and Sudan in the 1980s, up to the most recent famine in Somalia in 2011.

09 Jul 2014 description

A group of seven major international aid agencies said they face a shortfall of $89m/£52m just when the South Sudan humanitarian crisis edges closer to the risk of famine. Speaking out on the 3rd anniversary of the country’s independence they warned their aid efforts to help hundreds of thousands of people caught up in the conflict was under threat due to a lack of funds.

15 May 2012 description

Refugee numbers soaring as violence continues

Seasonal rains due in Sudan and South Sudan will exacerbate already dire conditions in refugee camps, restrict travel and access, and heighten the risk of disease, a group of leading humanitarian agencies warned today. The rains, which in some places have already started, will make many roads impassable, trapping people in unstable areas and deepening the current hunger crisis.

07 Jul 2011 description

Reducing Troops Would Put Civilians at Risk, Global Coalition Warns

(New York, July 6, 2011) – The United Nations should ensure that peacekeepers have a strong mandate to protect civilians and should increase the number of troops deployed to South Sudan after the country becomes independent on July 9, 2011, a global coalition of eight international nongovernmental organizations said today.

06 Jul 2011 description

International community must step up protection and humanitarian assistance

JUBA – South Sudan faces a humanitarian and security crisis when it becomes independent from the north on July 9 – requiring robust and sustained international support to aid and protect civilians.

08 Jan 2011 description

AWEIL, Southern Sudan 08 Jan 2011 - The International Rescue Committee is delivering medical care to thousands of Southern Sudanese who have been streaming into camps in the border state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal ahead of tomorrow's pivotal referendum on self-determination.

Thousands of people have been arriving in the region from the North every day. This morning in the space of one hour, IRC teams in the state's capital Aweil counted 17 buses that had just arrived from the North.

07 Jan 2011 description

Posted by Sophia.Mwangi on January 7th, 2011

Juba, Southern Sudan -

In Southern Sudan, one child in seven dies before the age of five - most often from easily treatable diseases such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia. It's no wonder. Most people living in this war-scarred region have little or no access to health care.

05 Jan 2011 description

Increased attention and resources are needed to protect and aid civilians

JUBA 05 Jan 2011 - Increasing displacement from violence and a steady stream of Southern Sudanese returning home ahead of the January 9 referendum on secession are straining communities already facing dire shortages of food, water, health care and sanitation.

"We have an unfolding humanitarian crisis, layered on top of an existing and forsaken one," says Susan Purdin, the International Rescue Committee's (IRC) country director in Southern Sudan.

04 Jan 2011 description


The Referendum and After

  • The IRC is prepared to respond rapidly to any emergencies that might arise during and after the January referendum and has developed plans to ensure that its programs will continue to provide services to the people of Southern Sudan.
  • The IRC is extending its health services to care for an expected influx of people returning from the north to Southern Sudan.
  • The IRC has stockpiled medical and basic humanitarian supplies that will ensure that its teams can assist people in need as quickly as possible.
  • In the event of an influx of …
08 Dec 2010 description

JUBA, 8 December 8 2010 - An International Rescue Committee medical team is delivering health care services to more than 3,500 newly displaced people, mostly women and children, who took refuge in Northern Bahr el Ghazal after their villages along the north-south border were hit by Sudanese Army bombers.

The displaced started crossing into North Aweil after the attack on November 12 and have been arriving in waves at a makeshift camp in the town of Jaac - following a nearly two day journey across rivers and through thick forest.

12 Oct 2010 description

It is the rainy season in Southern Sudan. The annual floods don't make life any easier in an area already struggling to recover from decades of civil war. But this year, the flooding was unusually severe. In mid-September, heavy rains caused rivers to break their banks and flood the lowlands of Aweil South, in Northern Bahr El Ghazal state - submerging villages, crops and grazing land for cattle.

Hundreds of people who would have been taking in a harvest of sorghum and groundnuts - now ruined, along with their homes - are instead camping by the roadside.

24 Sep 2010 description

Southern Sudan is one of the poorest and least developed places on earth.

The semi-autonomous region has made little progress since 2005, when a landmark peace accord ended decades of civil war with the Sudanese government based in the north.

Last year photojournalist Christopher Scott traveled throughout Southern Sudan as a volunteer to document the IRC's work helping families and communities in the region rebuild.

"Sudan is a difficult place to raise a family, Christopher says. "But the people exhibit an intense determination and pride.

24 Sep 2010 description

The world's success or failure on Sudan will be judged by the next few months

New York: Friday 24 September 2010

World leaders at today's Sudan summit must take concrete action to help ensure peace, safety and development for all Sudanese people, five international aid agencies said in an open letter.

23 Sep 2010 description

In 2005, a landmark peace accord ended decades of civil war between semi-autonomous Southern Sudan and the northern-based Sudanese government. The conflict killed more than two million people and displaced millions more. Now political tensions are again rising ahead of a referendum scheduled for January 2011.