AFSC’s South Sudan Program addresses trauma among peacebuilders through conflict healing and reconciliation.
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 people have been affected by trauma. Many feel powerless and are therefore prevented from effectively engaging in society.
The South Sudan program provides trauma healing training. We work with grassroots community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and nongovernmental organizations. We particularly focus on those supporting women and youth. These staff are also equipped and taught to train others.
Our program draws lessons from the ongoing work of AFSC’s program with Somali refugees in the Daadab Refugee camp in Kenya. We are also inspired by AFSC's Burundi program, where partners provide trauma healing to those displaced by civil war and election violence.