Since 2013, South Sudan’s civil war has killed an estimated 400,000 people, displaced four million more, and plunged parts of the country into famine. The overwhelming majority of South Sudanese have been affected by trauma, leaving many feeling powerless and preventing them from effectively engaging in society.
In the fall of 2019, AFSC launched a new program in South Sudan to address trauma among people working to build peace in the country through conflict healing and reconciliation.
Now in its pilot phase, the South Sudan program provides trauma healing training to 32 staff from grassroots community-based organizations (particularly those supporting women and youth), faith-based organizations, and nongovernmental organizations. These staff are also trained as “trainers of trainers,” equipped with skills and resources to reach out to hundreds more individuals.
The program draws lessons from ongoing work by AFSC’s work with Somali refugees in the Daadab Refugee camp in Kenya as well our program in Burundi, where partners provide trauma healing to those displaced by civil war and election violence.