South Sudan has been beset by frequent conflict since it gained independence in 2011. Over two million South Sudanese people have since fled into neighbouring countries. 1.74 million people are displaced inside the country. When fighting started, civilians looked for protection and refuge at existing United Nations bases and these have become Protection of Civilian camps (PoCs). In 2017, famine was declared in some parts of the country and currently 61 per cent of the population do not have sufficient access to food.
Concern’s nutrition work in South Sudan focuses on the prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition in children under five and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
To reach the most remote communities Concern has mobile health teams, provides training to government health staff and supports 49 government health facilities to ensure that children can receive treatment for the three killer diseases – malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea.
Photographer Abbie Trayler-Smith travelled to South Sudan and said: