The violence in the eastern and northern parts of South Sudan has increased even more since December 2013 after president Kiir accused vice president Machar of planning a coup. The conflict has escalated again and ethnic tensions have increased.
In August 2015 a cease fire was signed and in April 2016 a transitional government was established. Government forces and opposition groups are still fighting and this fighting is becoming more and more frequent in the southern part of the country. The continuing violence, market instability and poor harvests have sent food prices soaring. Thousands of people have fled to neighbouring countries due to the instability that is now widespread in regions that once were stable.
Caritas International supports small producers in South Sudan and refugees in Uganda with its own funds and the funds of the Swiss government.