Bor South County was one of the locations that were directly affected by fighting after the outbreak of conflict in 2013. Throughout 2014, tens of thousands of people were forced to flee out of the County, and often out of the State, opting to cross the River Nile to Awerial County for safety.
Due to fear of retaliatory attacks, many Nuer people fled to the Protection of Civilians (PoC) camp also, which in April 2014 was the scene of an unprovoked attack on the individuals seeking refuge in the camp. Over the last year and a half, many thousands of people have begun to return from Mingkaman IDP camp to Bor South County – predominately to Bor town but also other Payams in the County.
This has led to returnees choosing to re-establish themselves in either the locations where they originally resided, or opting to stay in new locations.The psychosocial issues are prominent among the returnees and have an impact on families and communities, including putting strain on host communities, loss and separation of children and families and other protection and psychosocial issues due to experience of trauma and chronic stress situations. In the response to Psychosocial issues of the community IHO implemented a MH-PSS project in Bor South County Jonglei state South Sudan.
The overall objective of the SSJR is to save lives and alleviate suffering by providing multi-sector support to people in need of humanitarian assistance in South Sudan meanwhile HNTPO Aim is to provide individual and collective psychosocial interventions to internally displaced people & other vulnerable people affected by the conflict. This project was funded by Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA)
The project activities performed within this period included; Provision of Psychological First Aid at the center and in the community, Case management, Establish peer support groups & psycho-education groups (PSS general, GBV and (youths), Provision of vulnerable children provided with PSS (PFA) – through PSS centre, Provision of vulnerable children provided with PSS (PFA) – through PSS centre (recreational activities), Vulnerable children provided with PSS (PFA)
– through PSS centre (life skills), Conduct community, brainstorm meetings on general PSS awareness, GBV prevention and through peer support groups, Conduct psychosocial awareness-raising / psycho-education on GBV & Child Protection (UASC/FTR) issues in group sessions & outreach with megaphones, Conduct service provider mapping, Conduct community based trainings, increasing protective environments e.g. child protection (community-based child protection networks) and Training of 10 community volunteers on PSS and PFA.