South Sudan is the world’s newest country, and also one of the poorest. Decades of civil war in Sudan devastated the country. Schools and hospitals were destroyed and farming was abandoned, leaving the people with virtually nothing. In 2011, South Sudan became an independent nation and the task of building a new nation began. Since its independence, regrowth has struggled immensely, and the people of South Sudan have suffered.
Unfortunately, the current situation in South Sudan has deteriorated since December 2013 with the two main political factions led by President Salva Kiir and ex-Vice President Riek Machar, of the Dinka and Neur tribes respectively, fighting each other and inflaming ethnic tensions. Over 1 million people have fled the fighting seeking refuge within South Sudan or its neighbours- Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan. Recent outbreaks of violence in the nation’s capital, Juba, have killed hundreds and displaced thousands. The people of South Sudan are losing hope in the transitional government as it continues to clash with the opposition and often placing innocent people in the crossfire. Poor living conditions have created many health concerns including malaria, HIV/AIDS and a recent outbreak of cholera.
IRT aims to help the people of South Sudan to build a better future for themselves. We directly support local projects, hospitals, schools and training programmes, and will continue to support them through these very difficult first years of independence.