Saving lives amidst a conflictThe year 2014 in South Sudan was dominated by the conflict that started in December 2013. The fighting (currently ongoing) mainly concentrates in the North-Eastern part of the country in the states Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile. As a result more than 1.300.000 people were forced to leave their homes of which 442.600 moved to neighboring countries. During that year, IAS was active in the states of Jonglei, Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Western Bahr El Ghazal and Central Equatoria State.
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Jonglei State was heavily affected by the conflict, resulting in all IAS planned Development Projects in Jonglei State were put on hold and instead focusing mainly on Humanitarian Response. From December 2013, IAS has implemented emergency response in the refugee camp in Bor together with the UNMISS to manage the camp of more than 15.000 refugees. As per IAS core strength, the team in South Sudan was active in the WASH sector supplying safe drinking water through drilling of new boreholes, coupled with the construction of solar powered Mini Water Yards, this in addition to the sanitation package.
Besides humanitarian interventions, during 2014 IAS implemented early recovery and development projects. In Central Equatoria State an IE Programme was started in Yei County in cooperation with IAS South Sudan partner National Christian Development Organisation (NCDO) with the focus on developing a strategy for IE for Yei County. The aim is to increase school enrolment for all children living with disabilities, including the girl child and the nomad children.
In Northern and Western Bahr El Ghazal, through the 3 year development programme which is on-going, IAS used the participatory integrated community development approach. This approach ensures that the communities are led through a process of discovering their own strength, resources and capacity. Each community has access to a fund for a development programme that benefits the community.