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.
South Sudanese children in camp for displaced people in Juba | © Camille Lepage / HI
HI has been operating in South Sudan since 2006, implementing emergency and development actions aimed at improving protection, quality of life, and the promotion of rights of vulnerable individuals.
HI is working from offices in Juba and Yei in Central Equatoria, Torit in Eastern Equatoria and Bor in Jonglei, and deploys rapid response teams in multiple locations across the country.
From 2006 to 2013, HI carried out a range of projects, shifting progressively from an emergency response to a resilience approach. Since 2014 HI has once again been contributing to the urgent humanitarian response, providing rehabilitation and mental health services and integrating disability, age, gender, and vulnerability factors in all its actions.
South Sudan became the 54th African State and one of the youngest nations in the world upon the Declaration of Independence in 2011. At the time and since, the country has faced significant developmental challenges and grapples with the immediate repercussions of a violent political crisis.
South Sudan is slowly emerging from five years of political instability and economic difficulty marked with high inequality, institutional failings, and a culture of corruption and impunity. The recently revitalized peace process promises to offer new opportunities in 2019 for South Sudan’s women, men and children.
Number of HI staff members: 95
Date the programme opened: 2006
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. According to UNHCR, as of July 2017, South Sudan is home to nearly 1.8 million internally displaced people (IDPs) and more than 262,560 refugees.
Humanity & Inclusion 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.