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South Sudan

Basic Indicators

Source: CIA: The World Factbook, UNICEF: The State of the World's Children Report

Population: 8,260,490 (2008)
National language: English, Arabic 
Life expectancy: 49 (2008)
% of population using
improved drinking water sources:
55% (2008)
% of population using
adequate sanitation facilities:
14% (2008)
Under 5 Mortality Rate: 102/1,000 live births (2006)

Sponsor a child today!South Sudan, located in East Africa, is a landlocked country of expansive grassland, swamps and tropical rain forest straddling both banks of the White Nile.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011 as the outcome of a 2005 peace deal that ended Africa's longest-running civil war. The north-south conflict lasted several decades, cost the lives of 1.5 million people, and forced another 4 million from their homes. The wreckage of war was made worse by natural disasters, civil and tribal conflicts, and political instability. As a result, industry and infrastructure in South Sudan are severely underdeveloped and poverty is widespread. Subsistence agriculture provides a living for the vast majority of the population.

Plan has been working in South Sudan since 2006, before its independence, helping impoverished children to access their rights to education, health, protection and economic security. We work with more than 20,000 children and their families - mainly in Juba, Lainya and Yei counties in Central Equatoria. Except in emergency situations, Plan does not provide direct assistance. Instead, we help communities develop, grow and, ultimately, support themselves.

Hear from the children

An essential part of Plan's work is empowering children to discuss the issues that matter to them and to take part in decisions that affect their lives. To help you learn about these issues, the children in Plan communities have put together a series of publications called "See Our World": Read what the children have to say about their lives.