“Something has to change in South Sudan because the number of people in need continues to rise every year and the resources continue to decrease.” This stated the Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Ms. Sara Beysolow Nyanti, alarmed over the results of the 2023 South Sudan Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) released on 25 November. An estimated 9.4 million people, a staggering 76 percent of South Sudan‘s population, will have humanitarian and protection needs in 2023. This presents an increase of half a million people compared to 2022.
Ms. Nyanti emphasized that the deteriorating humanitarian conditions are worsened by endemic violence, conflict, access constraints, operational interference, public health challenges, and climatic shocks such as flooding and localized drought. She further cited that the sub-national violence across the country has led to displacement, limitation of people’s access to critical humanitarian services, livelihoods, and disruption of humanitarian operations. The protracted displacement affects more than 2.2 million people, many of whom are unable to return to their homes for years and face significant risks, including family separation and trauma.