South Sudan women
As the fighting in South Sudan continues to affect millions of civilians, women face specific problems in armed conflict, such as sexual violence and risks to their health.
The fighting in South Sudan has affected millions of people. People have died, others have been severely injured. And some have been separated from the people they love and displaced from the places they call home.
How do you observe physical distancing when you must fit 3 people under a mosquito net made for 1 person to protect yourself from malaria?— ICRC South Sudan (@ICRC_SSudan) May 14, 2020
Our latest footage on the challenges displaced persons are facing during the #COVID19 pandemic in #SouthSudan.https://t.co/kAKj66lH5i
Women and children are the most vulnerable, with women facing specific problems in armed conflict, such as sexual violence and risks to their health. Some women, like Belila, have been separated from their husbands, making them the sole providers of their households.
We are rehabilitating of 150 hand pumps together with @SSRCS to improve access to water for 75,000 people in Juba in #SouthSudan so that they can regularly wash their hands with soap to prevent the spread of the #COVID19 pandemic and have clean water for other daily needs. pic.twitter.com/FDbiLhftJn— ICRC South Sudan (@ICRC_SSudan) May 27, 2020
Many of the displaced women and children end up in displacement camps or unfamiliar places where they rely heavily on the kindness of the host communities for their survival.
The ICRC is helping these conflict-affected communities to become self-sufficient and reunite families. We also visit places of detention, support health care facilities, and promote respect for international humanitarian law.
Women bear the brunt of conflict in South Sudan.— ICRC (@ICRC) April 13, 2019
Thousands have endured rape or sexual assault.
Thousands have lost their homes.
Thousands have fled with their children.
Thousands are forced to forage for food.
Thousands are fighting for their family’s survival. pic.twitter.com/aRkB3psuE4