According to estimates from the 2024 Humanitarian Response Plan, as reported by the Norwegian Refugee Council, 9 million people will require humanitarian aid in South Sudan, including over 1.6 million children under the age of five who are at risk of severe malnutrition.
The report highlights that more than 500,000 people have fled the conflict in Sudan to South Sudan, accounting for over 30% of all Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers who have been forced to flee Sudan since the outbreak of the conflict in April 2023, seeking protection. South Sudan is considered one of the poorest places on earth.
The international report also noted that the devastating impact of the conflict has spilled over into the surrounding areas where host communities cannot cope with the mass displacement.
The report emphasized that South Sudan, which recently emerged from decades of war, was already facing a dire humanitarian situation even before the conflict in Sudan erupted.
It already had nine million people in need of humanitarian assistance, with nearly 60% of the population experiencing severe food insecurity.
It urged all parties to the conflict to cease hostilities and allow humanitarian organizations access to all those in need.