South Sudan, founded in 2011, is the theatre of armed conflict. HI supports South Sudenese fleeing the fighting, in particular the most vulnerable. The organisation focuses on rehabilitation care and psychosocial support. It also simultaneously fights discrimination against people with disabilities.
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Actions in process
In the wake of the 2013 crisis, HI has adapted the programmes it has been implementing in the region since 2006.
HI's flying teams regularly intervene at the request of our partner organisations who want to ensure their activities are best adapted to people with disabilities. Several hundreds of people with disabilities have accessed their services: close to 3,700 people have benefited from rehabilitation and psychomotricity sessions delivered by HI specialists or partner organisations.
In this crisis context, the numerous displaced persons in Juba, the country's capital, are suffering from stress, anxiety and depression. In order to help these individuals overcome the trauma they have suffered, HI has put into place psychosocial support groups. This project contributes to reducing their anxiety and improving their psychological well-being.
HI is supporting the authorities in putting into place an action plan providing assistance for the victims of mines / explosive remnants of war, including improved access to rehabilitation services and employment. It also provides training for mental health professionals at the Juba hospital and helps to improve the living conditions in the city's prison where people with mental disabilities are imprisoned.
Situation of the country
The recent Republic of South Sudan, proclaimed on 9 July 2011, has been facing a major humanitarian challenge since 15 December 2013. At this time, fighting broke out in the capital Juba, between the army loyal to the President Salva Kiir and the troops faithful to the former Vice-President Riek Machar, against a backdrop of ethnic and political tensions.
The ensuing violence was devastating: atrocities, massacres, intercommunity fighting, attacks and kidnappings became commonplace and caused hundreds of thousands of people to flee.
Since the start of the fighting in December 2013, 1.5 million South Sudanese have been forced to flee within the country. The displaced persons camps in the north are overflowing and a further 530,000 people have sought refuge abroad.
HI has been working in the region since 2006, in particular to improve access to care for people with disabilities (notably mine victims) and their inclusion in development initiatives in the country.