Stronger Than Adversity: South Sudan

Four Years of Conflict: Four Forces for Change - A Story Series

In December 2013, civil war broke out in South Sudan. Political upheaval and ongoing conflict—combined with widespread insecurity, inflation, food deficits, and an unstable economy—have contributed to a spiraling humanitarian emergency. Much of the population has been displaced, forced to flee to safety, leading to Africa’s largest refugee crisis.

Today, almost four years after the onset of conflict, an elevated risk of famine threatens many parts of the country. Six million people are in urgent need of food assistance – the greatest number of people suffering from hunger ever recorded in the nation.

But despite monumental hardship, food shortages, and threats to their lives and livelihoods, some people are stronger than adversity. Throughout November, we will share stories of people striving to overcome hunger and be agents of change to help their communities. 

Stay tuned to meet all of them and be inspired by their strength in our upcoming series, “Four Years of Conflict: Four Forces for Change.” 

Agawol
Mother. Community Nutrition Volunteer. 

“We don’t do it for gain. We all just want to help each other, and improve our situation.”

Read Agawol's story here.
 

Agawol serves as an Action Against Hunger volunteer in her community. Here, she screens her neighbor's child for malnutrition.

Agawol serves as an Action Against Hunger volunteer in her community. Here, she screens her neighbor's child for malnutrition.

Photo: Lys Arango
for Action Against Hunger,
South Sudan

Dr. David Zakaio
Doctor, Action Against Hunger.

“I worked as a volunteer for eight months in the areas most affected by the conflict. The situation requires everybody’s help and I contribute with my medical knowledge.”

Read Dr. David Zakaio's story here.
 

One year old Nyankir was admitted at the stabilization center in Malualkon suffering from severe acute malnutrition and severe dehydration, where Doctor David and the other staff cared for her.

One year old Nyankir was admitted at the stabilization center in Malualkon suffering from severe acute malnutrition and severe dehydration, where Doctor David and the other staff cared for her.

Photo: Lys Arango
for Action Against Hunger,
South Sudan

Regina
Mother. Support Group Leader.

"I wanted to be useful to the community. It is essential for me to pass the message on to the new generations. They are the future of this country.”

Read Regina's story here.
 

Regina serves as a lead mother in an Action Against Hunger support group. She meets with other mothers and talks about a variety of topics that will help improve child nutrition in their community, including breastfeeding, good hygiene, and a balanced diet.

Regina serves as a lead mother in an Action Against Hunger support group. She meets with other mothers and talks about a variety of topics that will help improve child nutrition in their community, including breastfeeding, good hygiene, and a balanced diet.

Photo: Lys Arango
for Action Against Hunger,
South Sudan

Achoc
Mother. Builder.

“My child was sick and he didn’t want to breastfeed, so I had to take him to the Action Against Hunger Stabilization Center in my village. While staying there, the staff told me about hygiene and sanitation. So, with their help, I decided to build a latrine in my own home.”

Read Achoc's story here.

One year old Atong suffered from pneumonia and acute malnutrition. She was admitted at the stabilization center of Malualkon and, after six days in intensive care, she was discharged. Her mother Achoc is now part of Action Against Hunger's WASH (Water, Sanitation And Hygiene) program and has received the tools and training to build a latrine near her home.

One year old Atong suffered from pneumonia and acute malnutrition. She was admitted at the stabilization center of Malualkon and, after six days in intensive care, she was discharged. Her mother Achoc is now part of Action Against Hunger's WASH (Water, Sanitation And Hygiene) program and has received the tools and training to build a latrine near her home.

Photo: Lys Arango
for Action Against Hunger,
South Sudan

Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children. We ensure everyone can access clean water, food, training and healthcare. We enable entire communities to be free from hunger.