SOUTH SUDAN

Risk education | Project duration: 2015–2019

South Sudan is the world's youngest nation. The war has been raging uninterrupted for more 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 severest 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 by 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. 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

WWM trains youngsters to achieve a specific aim: to share their knowledge with their peers. They perceive their role as meaningful; it strengthens their self-confidence and ensures that their knowledge is passed on where it matters.

Adults, many of whom are teachers, are also trained as "Community Focal Points" and provided with education materials. They use drawings, graffiti, books, theatre plays and songs to educate children or recent arrivals who are unfamiliar with the area about the risks posed by explosive remnants of war (ERW).

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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