South Sudan, founded in 2011, is the theatre of armed conflict. Humanity & Inclusion 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
Humanity & Inclusion 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, including people with functional limitations, their families, and communities in different locations in South Sudan.
Hi is working from offices in Juba and Yei in Central Equatoria, Torit in Eastern Equatoria, Bor in Jonglei, and deploys rapid response teams in multiple locations across the country hosted by several humanitarian partners such as Danish Refugee Council, Médecins Sans Frontières, Samaritans Purse, ACTED, OXFAM, Save the Children, among others.
From 2006 to the present, Humanity & Inclusion has been carrying out a range of projects, shifting progressively from an emergency response/repatriation to a resilience approach up to 2013 and then focusing back on humanitarian response in 2014, integrating disability, age, gender, and vulnerability factors in all its actions.
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. 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.