It’s official – South Sudan is the world’s most suffering, says the UN’s World Happiness Report 2017.
Civil War, Crime and Famine Plague South Sudan
Civil war erupted in South Sudan shortly after it gained independence in 2011; high crime rates and food shortages — that eventually became famine — followed. Suffering rates in the new country increased significantly from 33% in 2014 to 47% in 2016 — the highest level of suffering worldwide.
According to the most recent Gallup data, more than four in 10 (46%) South Sudanese in 2016 report having money or property stolen in the past 12 months, the second-highest percentage in the world after Uganda, and one in four, 24%, have been assaulted, reflecting crime rates that are among the highest in sub-Saharan Africa. And last month, the United Nations declared a famine in two sections of the country while warning that half of the population of South Sudan is facing starvation. Because of the dangerous conditions, emergency relief agencies struggle to deliver food and water to the most desperate areas. In 2016, seven in 10 South Sudanese say they did not have enough money to buy needed food for themselves or their families — an increase of nine percentage points from 2015 (61%).