World Vision has been working in South Sudan since 1989 and was one of the few aid agencies that provided emergency assistance during war to the displaced populations in what was then the Southern Sudan region of Sudan. After the country became independent in 2011, World Vision began recovery and development activities.
On 15 December 2013, violent attacks broke out across the country resulting in the displacement of 1.7 million people. Around 4 million face alarming food insecurity as a result of the fighting. 3.8 million people are in need of humanitarian aid and World Vision, along with other agencies, has reached 3.1 million1. As of September 2014, World Vision reached over 420,000 people alone.