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Sexual violence haunts displaced people in South Sudan

Seven years after the world’s youngest nation gained independence, fighting, sexual violence and human rights abuses continue unabated in South Sudan.

Of the 1.76 million internally displaced people, almost 210 000 are hosted around UN peacekeeping bases, in so-called protection of civilians (PoC) camps. With approximately 120 000 inhabitants - the majority of them women and children - Bentiu is the largest PoC camp. Here, EU humanitarian funds go to the provision of basic services, shelter and protection, including from sexual violence.

We visited one women’s centre in the heart of the camp, which is run by IRC with the support of UNICEF and the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.

Story & photos © 2018 EU/Anouk Delafortrie

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