2015 To Walk the Earth in Safety: South Sudan

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Previously part of Sudan, South Sudan has experienced prolonged periods of conflict since Sudan’s 1956 independence from the United Kingdom and Egypt. Four decades of civil war resulted in the neglect of basic infrastructure and weak governance institutions. Since South Sudan’s independence in 2011, Sudan and South Sudan have continued to experience bilateral tension, including unresolved border issues. Widespread population displacement and ongoing violence in South Sudan’s three northern states have brought the country close to famine conditions. Landmines, UXO, and a profusion of unsecured weapons, including MANPADS, threaten safety, security, and development.

From FY1993 to FY2011 southern Sudan received most of the more than $30.5 million in CWD funding directed to Sudan. From FY2011 to FY2014, the United States invested more than $9.3 million directly to South Sudan for landmine and UXO removal, victim assistance programs, and enhanced SA/LW stockpile security. In FY2014, the U.S. government contributed more than $2.1 million for CWD in South Sudan.

The Department of State supported the work of the following implementing partners:

• DanChurchAid, MAG, and NPA performed a combination of minefield and battle area clearance, mine/UXO risk education, survivor assistance, and SA/LW and related weapons abatement activities.