Decades of Distress

A single hospital ward with 8 beds, served by one psychologist isn’t enough for any country’s mental health program—but especially not for war-torn South Sudan, home to more than 10 million.
One survey found signs of PTSD in over 40% of people surveyed in 6 states. Psychologists warn that decades of conflict have normalized violence—with dire consequences for generations ahead.
And unlike trauma patients from other conflicts, many South Sudan survivors have endured more personal, intimate, harder to overcome attacks, such as abductions and rape, explained psychologist Melodie Safieddine of Humanity & Inclusion (formerly Handicap International).


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