After decades of civil war, South Sudan gained independence from Northern Sudan on 9th July 2011. Hundreds of thousands of people fled from Sudan (South Kordofan and Blue Nile) into South Sudan (Unity and Upper Nile).
In addition to the humanitarian emergency created by the conflict with Sudan, rebel militia groups and armed non-state actors have caused internal displacement in South Sudan.
Consequently, despite great hopes that a new nation state would bring peace and security, the year following independence saw large population displacements.
Moreover, following forty years of armed conflict, South Sudan is littered with small arms, unexploded ordnance (UXOs) and mines. The true extent of contamination is unknown; there could still remain millions of items to be discovered and destroyed.
About the Programme
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Danish Demining Group (DDG) merged into one operative entity in 2012 to combine the various areas of expertise and to develop synergies between these.
DRC has been working with the Southern Sudanese refugees residing in Uganda since 1999. Upon the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the then Northern and Southern Sudan, DRC started operating in South Sudan with the overall objective of providing durable solutions for refugees, IDPs and returnees.
DDG started doing Humanitarian Mine Action in 2006 and Armed Violence reduction (AVR) in 2009 in South Sudan.
DRC DDG works with a rights-based approach in programming which means that protecting the rights of refugees, IDPs and returnees is at the core of the strategy and programming.
DRC DDG addresses the massive needs for humanitarian assistance and recovery in South Sudan via 5 programmatic pillars:
- Emergency Response
- Mine Action
- Armed Violence Reduction
- Food Security & Livelihoods
- Community Driven Development
DRC DDG is operative in 6 out of South Sudan’s 10 states: Northern Bahr El Gazal (NBeG), Warrap, Unity, Upper Nile, Eastern Equatoria and Western Equatoria.
- Save lives, alleviate suffering, and enhance resilience.
- Protect, restore and enable access to food security and sustainable livelihoods.
- Promote conflict mitigation and build the capacity of relevant institutions and communities to protect the rights of the people in South Sudan.
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