KHARTOUM – A RAGING civil war in South Sudan has left a
majority of about 2 million civilians displaced suffering mental health
According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), more than
80 percent of the displaced victims had endured psycho-social suffering
since the crisis that has engulfed the country since December 2013.
“These communities often feel imprisoned by a war that has forced them to
live in congested, unfamiliar places,” said a spokesperson of the IOM.
Even as the effects of violence, displacement and confinement contribute
to community-wide distress, mental and psychosocial well-being are often
Humanitarian organizations are overwhelmed responding to ever growing
needs in South Sudan, where an estimated 7.5 million people are in need of
In response, IOM has initiated a mental health and psychosocial support
South Sudan, the world’s newest country after attaining independence from
Sudan in 2011, is gripped by a deadly civil war.
It emanates from President Salvar Kiir accusing his then deputy Riek
Machar and ten others of attempting a coup.
As the crisis edges towards its fifth year, over 300 000 civilians have
Millions have fled the country to seek refuge in neighbouring countries,
– CAJ News