In Yei and Morobo counties, Central Equatoria, southern South Sudan, many communities are traumatised due to ongoing armed conflict between the state and non-state actors in the area, where many people have been facing displacement and abuse for decades.
“We have met patients who have been enduring violence, abductions and torture,” says Eunice. “Many have lost family members, because they supported one side or the other of the conflict. As a result, a lot of them suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, which has a heavy impact on their health, preventing them from recovering physically,” she says.
Since 2017, MSF has been implementing mental health activities in its clinic in Yei Town and seven outreach locations in the region, where a team of four counsellors and community workers are supporting and treating patients daily. Among them, many women and children are survivors of sexual violence.