Trauma and Inter-Communal Relations Among a Captive Population: Preliminary Findings from the Malakal Protection of Civilians Site, South Sudan
The resumption of large-scale protracted violence in South Sudan has displaced over 2.6 million people and forced an additional 200,000 civilians into United Nations Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites. This chapter uses data collected from household surveys and key informant interviews in the Malakal Protection of Civilians (PoC) site to demonstrate the serious toll that the ongoing violence has had on civilians. We argue that the nature and extent of conflict characterized by extensive looting, purposive targeting of civilians, and widespread sexual and gender-based violence have led to high levels of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and have significant implications for short- and long-term peace.
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