War results in Sudanese mental illness crisis

Sudanese mental illness crisisFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – A RAGING civil war in South Sudan has left a majority of about 2 million civilians displaced suffering mental health problems.
According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), more than 80 percent of the displaced victims had endured psychosocial suffering since the crisis that has engulfed the country since December 2013.
“These communities often feel imprisoned by a war that has forced them to live in congested, unfamiliar places,” said a spokesperson of the IOM.
Even as the effects of violence, displacement and confinement contribute to community-wide distress, mental and psychosocial well-being are often overlooked.
Humanitarian organizations are overwhelmed responding to ever growing needs in South Sudan, where an estimated 7.5 million people are in need of lifesaving assistance.
In response, IOM has initiated a mental health and psychosocial support programme.
South Sudan, the world’s newest country after attaining independence from Sudan in 2011, is gripped by a deadly civil war.
It emanates from President Salvar Kiir accusing his then deputy Riek Machar and ten others of attempting a coup.
As the crisis edges towards its fifth year, over 300 000 civilians have been killed.
Millions have fled the country to seek refuge in nieighbouring countries, mostly Uganda.
CAJ News

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