South Sudan

Aid worker killed in crossfire in Unity
25 September 2022: In Kuach Payam area, Guit county, Unity state, an aid worker was caught and shot dead in crossfire inside a warehouse. Sources: AWSD1, New Age and OCHA more
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2021 Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC) Factsheet

The Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC) identified 29 incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in South Sudan in 2021. This was an increase from 2020, when 19 such incidents were documented, although killings of health workers in 2021 decreased from the previous year.2In 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.

Incidents were recorded in nearly all of South Sudan’s states and administrative areas and were most frequent in Western Equatoria due to increased conflict as various militias vied to gain control of the state. This was a change from 2020, when high numbers of incidents were reported in Jonglei state. Read the full factsheet here. Download 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.

Sexual Violence

All armed groups have been accused of committing abuses against civilians, including sexual violence, which is frequently used as a tactic to displace and terrorise rival communities.

State forces have been implicated in rape committed during armed clashes with insurgents, during counter-insurgency campaigns, while they were in pursuit of criminal elements, and during unauthorised activities such as looting, affecting many women during a single operation. Non-state armed actors are often implicated in gang rapes involving a single survivor. These incidents occurred in the bush while survivors were performing ordinary household activities, such as collecting firewood or water.

Sexual Violence in South Sudan country profile. Data.