South Sudan became the world’s newest country in 2011 after over 20 years of civil war to gain independence from Sudan. In 2013, political and ethnic tensions escalated into violent conflict in South Sudan’s capital of Juba. Conflict and violence quickly spread throughout the country, causing a devastating humanitarian crisis and forcing over 4 million people from their homes. According to estimates, the conflict resulted in almost 400,000 deaths by the time the Revitalized Peace Agreement was signed in 2018.
NP uses a mix of strategies to prevent violence, enhance the safety and security of civilians, build and strengthen local peace infrastructures, and devise and implement locally-led peace and protection strategies. By doing so, NP is able to protect civilians and support the cohesion, resilience, and the adaptive capacity and recovery of communities affected by violence and insecurity.
NP’s activities in South Sudan include:
Direct protection and presence, including patrols and protective accompaniment for those at risk of violence.
Referring survivors of sexual and gender-based violence or other protection concerns to relevant services.
Supporting peace dialogues within and between communities experiencing or at-risk of violent conflict.
Creating and maintaining early warning/early response systems.
Forming and strengthening Women’s Protection Teams to enable women to take leading roles in the protection and peace of their communities.
Providing trainings to promote community protection, social cohesion, and violence reduction.
While national level conflict in South Sudan has significantly subsided with the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement in 2018, continued violence at the regional, communal, and household levels pose a threat to the safety and security of civilians. Further, communities that have been fractured by years of conflict and violence must take steps towards cohesion and reconciliation, while also weathering shocks such as extensive flooding, increasing levels of food insecurity, and disease outbreaks. As the context in South Sudan has shifted, NP has adaptedto meet the dynamic needs of communities. By shifting its focus towards building capacity, improving cohesion, supporting reconciliation, and strengthening resilience through community-led approaches, NPhopes to support an enabling environment for durable peace.
"I used to be afraid to be a leader, but now I lead a Women's Protection Team. I dream of being a Minister of Gender and I want to make sure girls' rights are respected and they have access to education."
community members accompanied safely
people protected at aid distribution sites
children attend child safe spaces
Our Teams in South Sudan
Head of Mission: Thiago Wolfer Established: 2010
Offices: Juba, Bentiu, Rumbek, Aburoc, Wau, Mobile Teams
Hai Kololo, Block B Juba The Republic of South Sudan
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