SOUTH SUDAN

Risk education | Project duration: 2015–2019

 

South Sudan is the world's youngest nation. The region has been a theatre of virtually uninterrupted war for more than fifty years. Although the conflict that broke out again in 2013 after a short break officially came to an end in the summer of 2018, it has led to one of the greatest humanitarian catastrophes the world has ever witnessed. Millions of people are fleeing the war zone, dependent on aid organisations and threatened by hunger and disease – and masses of explosive remnants of war that also impede the aid workers.

The project

Clearing mines during an ongoing conflict is extremely dangerous. Demined areas are soon contaminated again due to fighting. WWM therefore concentrates on educating the population. We finance a mobile DanChurchAid (DCA) team that educates people living in mined areas using methods appropriate for their age and gender. It also trains youths and adults as "ambassadors".

Example: Emmanuel Sebit Kenyi, "Peer Risk Educator"

Emmanuel is a primary school student. He collects and sells scrap metal as his family cannot afford to pay his school fees. It enables him to pay his own school fees and to buy pens and books. It also makes him proud. But Emmanuel was in for a shock when our team of risk educators visited his school. He realised that the majority of the scrap metal pieces he collected without a care were actually remnants of war. They could have exploded at any time. He had exposed himself and his family to great danger.

Emmanuel knew: many other youngsters were just as unaware as he had been. He had to warn them! That is why he trained as a "Peer Risk Educator" with WWM and became a risk awareness ambassador. He finds it easy to deal with young men who don't take kindly to being lectured to by adults. And are all the more at risk because of it.

What we achieved

The mine-clearing operation financed by WWM and the safety resulting from it brought great joy to the Chaioko family's village. But not only there. Farmland released for use is urgently needed in many areas to ensure that the crops are sufficient to survive in years of drought. Trade has increased thanks to safe border crossings with Mozambique; external traders also feel confident about returning to the villages in the former mine belt.

Locals can work as deminers in WWM projects. They use the money they earn to pay for their children's education, more cattle, a new roof or a solar panel – thus investing in a better future.

Results 2018

66 risk areas were marked and reported to UNMAS.

8 752 people (4 966 childrem) have been sensitised for the mine problem and have learned how to deal more adequately with the risk.

202 Community Focal Points and 198 Peer Risk Educators were trained.

11 safety briefings were held for humanitarian / non-Mine Action personnel. 

Pictures: DanChurchAid

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