UN SECRETARY GENERAL VISITS INTERSOS' SCHOOL IN SOUTH SUDAN - INTERSOS

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UN SECRETARY GENERAL VISITS INTERSOS’ SCHOOL IN SOUTH SUDAN

A two years conflict, an oil-rich country where 2.8 million people face food insecurity, 1.7 million internally displaced people fleeing from massacres, violence and clashes between government troops and rebel militias, a peace agreement repeatedly defeated, signed in September 2015, but actually, never respected.

This is the scenario in South Sudan, the youngest state in the world, independent from Sudan since 2011. The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, visited the country last February 25, in order to attract the international attention on one of the most serious and extensive current humanitarian crisis.

The Secretary-General visited one of the PoC (Protection of civilians) sites, in Juba, the capital of South Sudan where first violent clashes erupted in 2013.

More than 200,000 people are seeking refuge in these camps for displaced people, within the UN bases around the country: it’s a unique situation, defining the complexity of South Sudan context.

The conditions in the camps are harsh: overcrowded tents, hangars, latrines, critical hygiene conditions are the only reality for thousands of family. Leaving the camps, for them, is still too risky.

Ban Ki Moon met children forced to live in the PoC in Juba: he told them how, despite the difficult conditions he used to study as a child, education led him to become the Secretary General of the United Nations.

Since the crisis erupted, in December 2013, we are working within the IDP camps in South Sudan, with education in emergency and child protection projects, construction and rehabilitation schools for displaced children, training and supporting teachers and creating protected areas to keep children safe.