15,054,653 (28 May 2020 est.)
63.7 deaths per 1,000 live births (2019)
1,150 deaths per 100,000 live births (2017)
34.5% of the total population aged 15 and over can read/write
In 2015 the United Nations Population Fund estimated that almost 32,000 women in South Sudan had been affected by gender-based violence in the two years since conflict broke out. As well as victims of sexual and physical violence, victims of FGM and child marriage were included in this estimate.
UNICEF previously reported the prevalence of FGM in South Sudan to be 1% among women aged 15–49, but there are no recent surveys to confirm this figure.
FGM has been reported in both Christian and Muslim communities, particularly in the northern regions of the country, including Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile, both of which border Sudan, where the prevalence of FGM is 86.6%. These are also the regions where camps for displaced Sudanese are located, and it is therefore likely that this accounts for the higher prevalence in these regions.
FGM Legislation in South Sudan
See South Sudan: The Law and FGM for more detail.