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The fledgling Republic of South Sudan, which declared its independence on July 9 2011, has faced a major humanitarian challenge since December 15th, 2013. On that date fighting, based on rivalries between ethnic groups, broke out in the capital Juba between the army, loyal to President Salva Kiir, and troops loyal to his former Vice President, Riek Machar.
Devastation ensued: a wave of acts of violence, massacres, inter-community confrontations, attacks and abductions, which forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee.
Since the beginning of the fighting in December 2013, 1.5 million South Sudanese have been displaced within the country. The internally displaced persons camps in the North are horribly over-crowded. A further 530,000 people have sought refuge abroad.
Handicap International has been working in South Sudan since 2006, notably to improve access to care for people with disabilities (in particular mine victims) and to ensure they are included in development initiatives in the country.