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War results in Sudanese mental illness crisis

KHARTOUM – A RAGING civil war in South Sudan has left a
majority of about 2 million civilians displaced suffering mental health
problems.

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
overlooked.

Humanitarian organizations are overwhelmed responding to ever growing
needs in South Sudan, where an estimated 7.5 million people are in need of
lifesaving assistance.

In response, IOM has initiated a mental health and psychosocial support
programme.

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
been killed.

Millions have fled the country to seek refuge in neighbouring countries,
mostly Uganda.

– CAJ News

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