South Sudan

Updated 21/05/2021

South Sudan continues to be a complex protracted crisis with widespread communal and localized violence. The latest peace agreement in South Sudan signed in 2018, has brought a fragile truce and led to the formation of a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) in February 2020. Whilst there has been a reduction in conflict between the government and main opposition, localised violence has surged as a result of conflict over land and resources, cattle raiding and reprisal attacks.

2021 Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC) Report

The SHCC identified 18 incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in South Sudan in 2020, compared to three such incidents in 2019. The violence affected health workers working for local and INGO health providers.

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In 2020 documented incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care were much higher than in 2019, likely due to increasing intercommunal violence and ongoing conflict as well as the improvement of monitoring such incidents.

Health workers were injured or killed during these clashes between opposing forces, with Jonglei state experiencing the most attacks. Data

Our Global Interactive Map on Threats and Violence against Health Care provides access to continuously updated information on violence against health care in conflict and related to COVID-19.