South Sudan

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#3
0

Communities at risk

Murle, Nuer, Dinka, Anuak, Jie, Kachipo

Summary

With the February 2020 formation of South Sudan’s new Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity, the country’s civil war formally came to an end. Yet the six-year conflict has caused approximately 400,000 ‘excess deaths’, around half due to violent injuries, with limited healthcare facilities and higher levels of disease also contributing. A COVID-19 outbreak could… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2020 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflictsNo data
Major armed conflict2
Prior genocide / politicide1
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.3738
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance9.1
Rise of factionalized elites9.7
Voice and Accountability-1.978
Political Stability-2.439
Rule of Law-1.958
OECD country risk classification7
TOTAL22.12

The overall measure for each country is based on a basket of 10 indicators. The number in each row is drawn from the source for that particular indicator. The sources of data and calculations used are detailed on the Notes to Table page. 

Background

With the February 2020 formation of South Sudan’s new Revitalized Transitional Government of
National Unity, the country’s civil war formally came to an end. Yet the six-year conflict has caused
approximately 400,000 ‘excess deaths’, around half due to violent injuries, with limited healthcare facilities and higher levels of disease also contributing. A COVID-19 outbreak could be devastating in such conditions, where over half the country’s population require humanitarian assistance and 1.7 million internally displaced survivors crowd camps with poor sanitation. Throughout 2019, civilians faced atrocities by armed groups including the forces of President Salva Kiir and longtime rival Riek Machar, who have not been held accountable. Their new government faces challenges to its unity and capabilities by armed non-signatories to the power-sharing agreement: a sustainable peace remains illusory until weak institutions, corruption and a lack of inclusive citizenship are rectified. Inter-ethnic violence between Dinka, Nuer and Muerle pastoralists has continued.