Providing protection to vulnerable and conflict-affected people
The ethnical nature of the conflict constitutes a major protection concern. Revenge attacks, targeted killings, sexual and gender-based violence, abductions, and forced child recruitment are widespread. Cattle raids and inter-tribal conflicts continue to threaten communities’ security and stability.
More than 3 million civilians are displaced from their homes, and about 224,000 are seeking protection in UNMISS Protection of Civilian’s sites (POCs) across the country. Since the onset of the conflict, insecurity, denial of access, illegal taxation and harassment or threats by SPLA and opposition groups has greatly hindered humanitarian activities in conflict affected areas.
In line with the South Sudan Cooperation Strategy 2017-2020, SDC’s main objective is to respond to the needs and aspirations of the most vulnerable in the following key areas: 1) ensuring that the protection needs of civilians are met, focusing on the immediate needs of the most vulnerable victims and displaced persons; and 2) to empower and capacitate communities and civil society to create a safer environment for themselves.
Gender-responsive interventions and the prevention as well as the response to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) are addressed as priority concerns. Gender equality, as well as women and girls’ participation are to be enhanced, particularly with regard to peace- and nation-building processes. The respect, protection and promotion of Human Rights are seen as transversal themes, guiding all programmes.