Psychosocial support needed for displaced persons in South Sudan

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Displaced people in South Sudan are suffering from negative emotions, including fears and concerns, as well as uncertainty and confusion about the future.

That's according to a new report by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) which assesses the psychosocial needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) seeking protection in the UN peacekeeping compound in Bor.

Out of 192 individuals questioned, over 80 per cent expressed negative emotions.

The outbreak of conflict in December 2013 has displaced over one million South Sudanese from their homes and taken an enormous physical and emotional toll on the country, the report says.

The IOM says that failing to address the psychosocial needs can have a negative impact on communities and be a driver of future conflict.

The report identifies a series of actions promoting well-being such as recreation activities, and training for social workers within the community.

As a next step, IOM is working to fund a community-based psychosocial support project in Bor and other field locations throughout South Sudan.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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