What You Should Know About the Crisis in South Sudan

The Beginning of the Crisis

The South Sudanese gained independence from Sudan in 2011, but the peace was only kept for a short time.  In December of 2013, political fights had started throughout the country once South Sudan’s president claimed his vice president was trying to overthrow him.  This is really when the violence spread across the country rapidly and furiously.  Within the first month, the increase in violence 413,000 people were displaced.  Additionally, thousands of civilians fought for refuge in the U.N. bases which ended up turning into displacement camps for civilians.

The Violence inflicted on the people of South Sudan

Since the beginning of the conflict 1 in 5 pSouth Sudan.jpgeople have been displaced.  A little more than 2.3 million civilians have had no choice but to leave their homes; while only 770,000 people have escaped into neighboring countries.  Although, most of the civilians are trapped inside the violence of this nation.

The individuals who have fled have lost their homes, their land, their country, but most frighteningly have lost their loved ones.  The chances of these people being reunited with their families are slim to none.

The violence inflicted on the South Sudanese has varied from mass murders, kidnappings, and specific planned attacks.

On another note, across the entire country the lives of these people are ruined.  Children Children-Eating-1024x524.jpg
can’t learn, people cannot work, farmer’s can’t provide for their families.  The hope is just to wait until the violence ends in order to attempt to return to a normal life.

Where have these civilians fled to?

Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia are the four countries that a little over 770,000 people have fled to.  While, within South Sudan were are overcrowded displacement camps which the media talks about.  The sad truth is that only a small percentage of people who have escaped the deadly violence are residing within these camps.

Life Inside Their CampsSouth-Sudan-independence--007.jpg

There are six U.N. designated camps which house around 185,000 people, where the conditions are horrible and are only getting worse.

These camps were not designed to hold this many people for this long.  The conditions are inadequate to say the least; sanitation, waste disposal, and proper sanitation no longer exist within these camps.  Some of the camps have been subjected to massive flooding causing people to tread around in water up to their knees.  It has been reported that mothers are even sleeping standing up holding their children because there is no where to lay down.

Conclusion

Something has to change.  People need to be more aware of the horrors of the violence in South Sudan.  Humanity must be restored.

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~Hayley Fox

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