Voices from Bor
More than 20 months into the crisis in South Sudan, the psychosocial impact of the conflict persists. The experiences of violence, displacement and confinement among internally displaced persons (IDPs) have contributed to community wide emotional distress.
IOM manages one of the only programs in South Sudan addressing these needs, providing psychosocial support to IDPs—focusing on youth and adults—at the UN protection of civilians (PoC) site in Bor, Jonglei State, where approximately 2,300 people continue to seek protection today. Many of these IDPs experience psychosocial suffering, very often linked to the conditions of living in the confinement of a PoC site.
IOM’s program is community-driven, training IDPs on psychosocial support and enabling them to identify and develop activities that would best meet their own community’s needs.
Twelve IDPs participating in this program recently chose to share their stories and discuss the impact the crisis has had on their lives. Read on to learn more about these IDPs – each a humanitarian in his or her own right. Download publication.