South Sudan

What We Do

To respond to South Sudan’s many challenges, DCA implements an integrated country programme with the overall goal of saving lives and empowering the people of South Sudan to address protection needs; food insecurity and lack of accountable government structures.

South Sudan

DCA supports humanitarian relief activities and humanitarian mine activities as well as food security, active citizenship and peace building activities.

The activities are concentrated in two regions, Greater upper Nile and Greater Equatoria, and border areas.

The current crisis has meant that an increasing part of the programme is directed towards emergency assistance, but it is still a priority to continue the more long-term activities to secure that gain in food security and peace and reconciliation are not lost due to the overall deteriorating humanitarian situation.

The DCA programme in South Sudan has a strong focus on cash distribution and market-based interventions.

The Humanitarian Mine Action activities include mine clearance and Mine Risk Education.

Activities with a medium to long term focus include Safer Communities and Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction approaches.

Except for Humanitarian Mine Action activities, DCA activities are implemented through local partners.

by Nina Pedersen, Country Director

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Articles about South Sudan

Margret has decided that South Sudan is not a place to raise children, but she is changing this for future generations.
South Sudan is facing increased violence, political chaos and a deepening economic crisis, resulting in widespread hunger and massive displacement
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DanChurchAid (DCA) has received a new grant of USD 650,000 from the South Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) for a project aiming at reducing threats to civilians from landmines and other Explosive Remnants of War (ERW).
The Dutch government has granted 11.6 million euros to DCA's efforts to create security in four of the world's hotspots. It is the largest donation from an international donor in DCA history
South Sudanese music group Jay Family has created a song telling young people to leave weapons alone
Some areas of South Sudan are littered with explosive remnants of war but local volunteers help to prevent accidents
World Without Mines (Welt ohne Minen) has granted USD 55,212 to DCA’s Risk Education (RE) work in South Sudan. This allows DCA to give internally displaced people (IDPs), host communities and humanitarian workers a better understanding of explosive remnants of war (ERW) in order to protect themselves from death and injury.
UNICEF has granted 87,087 USD to DCA’s Risk Education project in South Sudan. The project seeks to increase the children’s knowledge about landmines and other Explosive Remnants of War (ERW), and to educate local community focal points to remind the children of safety messages on a regular and sustainable basis.
The security situation has worsened dramatically because of the armed conflict in the country and attacks like this seems to getting more common.
DanChurchAid is cooperating with a South Sudanese pop group to spread important safety messages in the war torn country
DanChurchAid has invested in an innovative program using digital audio players to disseminate messages of peace and promote harmony between and among cattle-keeping communities across South Sudan
Hopes were high when the people of South Sudan voted for independence from Sudan with an overwhelming majority on July 9th 2011. Now, internal conflict threatens to turn the world's youngest country into its newest failed state.
The easy access to weapons in countries like South Sudan, Libya and Mali contribute to instability and armed conflict. That is why DanChurchAid is working on getting the weapons off the street
DanChurchAid contributed to the official Landmine Awareness Day commemorative event in South Sudan
The organisation World Without Mines (WWM) has granted 49,300 USD to facilitate DCA’s emergency Risk Education operations in South Sudan, that seeks to inform and educate the internally displaced people in the areas around the Northern border about the threats of the Explosive Remnants of War.
DCA’s support of Village Savings and Loans Associations in Kapoeta, South Sudan, empowers women to start businesses and generate income for themselves and their families
South Sudan has been hit by several armed conflicts and unexploded remnants of war from both the current and previous wars endangers civilians
In Southern Sudan, children learn about the dangers of mines, grenades and mortars through singing and games
One year of fighting in South Sudan: The need for long term development work in a country like South Sudan is often forgotten in times of crisis where humanitarian aid takes over
15th December marks one year since violence broke out in the capital, Juba, and spread to most of South Sudan. Nearly 2 million people are still displaced and fear to return home. Most live in the bush while others live in abandoned, collapsing houses, often more families in one of the grass-thatched tukuls
DanChurchAid (DCA) has received a new grant of $ 698,054.79 USD from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) for a project in South Sudan aiming at reducing threats to civilians from landmines and other Explosive Remnants of War (ERW).
In the camps for internally displaced people in war-torn South Sudan internal disputes are unfortunately not uncommon. A DCA partner teaches basic human rights principles and conflict mitigation to ensure a peaceful coexistence within the camp
The Common Humanitarian Fund’s (CHF) new donation of USD 109,131 will enable DanChurchAid (DCA) to reach extremely remote conflict-affected areas and assist people who have been stranded in these areas since December 2013.
Eight months after conflict broke out, thousands of South Sudanese refugees continue to flee into Ethiopia but lack of funding makes it difficult to provide shelter, clean water and proper sanitation. In August 2014, DanChurchAid visited Leitchuor camp in the Gambella region of south western Ethiopia.
“Severe food insecurity”, “Emergency” or “Famine” – South Sudan cannot wait for formal definition of hunger crisis
With a new grant of approx. 62.500 USD (349.000 DKK) from UNICEF, DCA will provide Mine Risk Education (MRE) to 3000 vulnerable children in South Sudan as well as locating hazardous areas threatening their safety.
37 year old Marysia Zapasnik from DanChurchAid's mine action in South Sudan is profiled as a humanitarian hero on UN's World Humanitarian Day on August 19th.
For more than three months, DanChurchAid has removed grenades, bullets and rockets in the war torn area around Bor in South Sudan and has been spreading information about the dangers of explosive remnants of war
Three years ago South Sudan gained independence from Sudan after years of fighting. Today on the nation’s third birthday, the young country is facing major challenges.
The arrival of the rains can be a warning of further disaster in South Sudan
The fighting is escalating in South Sudan, and hundreds of thousands are displaced from their homes. Only few remain in the villages and town. DCA provides Non Food-Items and WASH kits to the town of Bor, and met some of those who have recently arrived there.
It has been possible to deliver relief to the ruined city Bor in South Sudan where all the houses are either looted or burned down.
Rain is already falling in South Sudan, far earlier than usual. The rainy season causes major problems for the population already struggling with the consequences of a broken ceasefire.
The Common Humanitarian Fund’s (CHF) new donation of USD 200,829 will enable DanChurchAid (DCA) to continue its support for the free and safe movement of civilians and humanitarian actors in South Sudan.
DanChurchAid Risk Education Team protects vulnerable internally displaced people who fled their homes during the recent outbreak of fighting in South Sudan
The situation in South Sudan remains desperate as the UN upgrades the level of the crisis. The unrest in the country is creating a rising threat of famine.
The number of refugees from South Sudan entering Uganda has now surpassed 60,000. Recently Lisa Henry, Humanitarian Director, DanChurchAid, was in Adjumani to monitor how the ACT Alliance is responding to the emergency providing life-saving water, hygiene and sanitation to the refugees who have arrived in Adjumani.
After having worked in low gear in connection with a situation that resembled civil war in December, DanChurchAid’s office in Juba in South Sudan is now fully staffed. Despite major obstacles the work is starting up again
The recently agreed ceasefire in South Sudan is good news for the many refugees and internally displaced persons but it is essential that the parties have control of their troops.
The fighting in South Sudan between the fractions of the president and the former vice presicent have forced almost half a million civilians to leave their homes. Many have fled to Uganda where the village of Dzaipi gets up to 2.500 new inhabitants a day.
Within only three days the number of refugees entering Adjumani in Uganda from South Sudan has doubled bringing the figure up to 24,105 refugees. The high refugee influx puts high pressure on Uganda camps and calls for an upscaled humanitarian response.
ACT Alliance has issued an alert highlighting the severity of situation in South Sudan with the number of people displaced and its potential impact on neighbouring countries.
Fearing the airport in Juba would close due to intensified fighting, DCA international staff started their planned Christmas vacation earlier
A project aiming to increase the attention on death penalty has started a very important debate in South Sudan.
In South Sudan Community Volunteers are spreading important knowledge about landmines and unexploded ordnance to the communities.
A piece of the fertile soil in South Sudan is used to teach the local population agriculture after DCA has cleared up the soil for unexploded ordnance.
Consistently high accident figures reflect the dire consequences of explosive remnants of war (ERW) on the population that is returning to South Sudan and illustrates the continued urgent need for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Risk Education (RE) activities. Through the UNMAS donation of USD 246,000 DCA will provide the latter.
Since DCA does not directly implement the activities, but support their partners in doing so, the capacities of these partners are paramount in order to achieve successful results. Through training conducted by DCA staff, the Kenyan NGO, LOKADO, are facilitated to carry out their work for peace at the border with of South Sudan.
Two years after South Sudan became Africa's 54th country and the 193rd country in the world, progress is a mixed bag but the committment to move ahead is evident.
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