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Handicap International works in this fledgling State, badly affected by armed conflict, to help South Sudanese people fleeing the fighting, in particular the most vulnerable populations. The organisation mainly provides rehabilitation care and psychosocial support. At the same time, it fights against discrimination targeting people with disabilities.

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Handicap International works in this fledgling State, badly affected by armed conflict, to help South Sudanese people fleeing the fighting, in particular the most vulnerable populations. The organisation mainly provides rehabilitation care and psychosocial support. At the same time, it fights against discrimination targeting people with disabilities.
Handicap International works in this fledgling State, badly affected by armed conflict, to help South Sudanese people fleeing the fighting, in particular the most vulnerable populations. The organisation mainly provides rehabilitation care and psychosocial support. At the same time, it fights against discrimination targeting people with disabilities.

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In response to the crisis at the end of 2013, Handicap International adapted the programmes it had been running in the country since 2006. At the beginning of 2014, the organisation opened Disability and Vulnerability Focal Points in Juba, the country's capital, which have already helped over 7,000 people. The organisation's mobile teams identify vulnerable people - women, children and people with disabilities - and then refer them to the appropriate services.

At the request of partner organisations, keen to better adapt their interventions to people with disabilities, Handicap International's mobile teams have intervened in Yambio, Lankien, Malakal, Bor, Bientu and Yida. Several hundred people with disabilities have been able to access their services and nearly 2,000 rehabilitation and psychomotricity sessions have been held by specialists from Handicap International or its partner organisations.

In this crisis situation, many displaced persons in Juba are suffering from stress, anxiety or depression. Handicap International has set up psychosocial support groups to help people overcome the trauma they have suffered. This project helps to reduce their anxiety and improve their psychological well-being.

Handicap International is also running development projects in South Sudan. The organisation supports Disabled People's Organisations (DPO) in promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in society. Together with the local authorities it is providing individual support for people with disabilities to further their social and economic inclusion. It is also training mental health professionals in the Juba hospital and helping to improve living conditions in the city's prison, where people with intellectual disabilities are imprisoned.

 

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Background

The fledgling Republic of South Sudan, which declared its independence on 9th July 2011, has faced a major humanitarian challenge since 15th December 2013. On that date fighting, based on rivalries between ethic groups, broke out in the capital Juba between the army, loyal to President Salva Kiir, and troops under the rebel leader, 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, 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. 

Key Figures South Sudan - Handicap International
Key Figures South Sudan - Handicap International
WHERE your support HELPS

Partners

  • Civic inclusion of people with disabilities in society

    • Disabled people organizations 

    Victim assistance

    • Local partner organisations
    • The Ministry of Health, at state level 
    • The Ministry of Social Affairs and Development

    Mental health project: “Touching minds, raising dignity” 

    • Local partner organisations 
    • The psychiatric unit of Juba Teaching Hospital, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health
    • The detention authorities of Juba prison, under the supervision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

    Emergency activities

    • Humanitarian organizations