Life in a UN Protection of Civilians Site
When fighting erupted in South Sudan in December 2013, people fled to UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) bases in search of safety and protection. As the crisis persists, thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) remain in these sites today, while insecurity and deteriorating humanitarian conditions make life outside dangerous for many.
As of November 2015, more than 200,500 people were sheltering at UN protection of civilian (PoC) sites, predominantly in Bentiu, Unity State; Malakal, Upper Nile State; Juba, Central Equatoria State and Bor, Jonglei State.
In addition to providing multi-sector humanitarian assistance—such as access to clean drinking water, emergency health care and shelter—in many of these sites, IOM leads large-scale expansion projects, particularly in Bentiu and Malakal, to improve IDPs’ access to humanitarian services and mitigate flooding during the rainy season.
The photos below demonstrate a snapshot of life in UN PoC sites in August and September 2015.
Photos: IOM/Brendan Bannon 2015