Protection and Peace Building

Overview

South Sudan is primarily a protection crisis. Since 2013, the population has been exposed to repeated deliberate attacks on civilians and other violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, including forced recruitment of children and deliberate destruction of civilian infrastructures. Government soldiers, armed opposition groups and criminals all act with complete disregard for the rule of law. Affected People All segments of the population are exposed to protection risks. Women and girls have been disproportionately affected by gender-based violence, with uniformed soldiers often reported to be the perpetrators. Men and boys face high risks of forced recruitment, as well as the threat of being detained or killed if they are perceived to be of fighting age. Elderly and disabled persons are often unable to flee in advance of fighting and face increased challenges in accessing services. Without a safe environment, children are particularly vulnerable to abuse, neglect, recruitment and psychological trauma. The eruption of fighting in Juba in July 2016 highlighted the fragility of the protection environment in South Sudan. The outbreak of violence plunged civilians back into a state of uncertainty, and further compounded their already desperate protection needs. Both parties to the conflict have been accused of violations of international humanitarian law and grave human rights violations, including killing, abduction, rape and restrictions on freedom of movement.

In response to these, CMD will focus on the following goal and strategies during 2018-2022:

Strategic Goal:

“Promote protection and peacebuilding programmes in the communities”
Strategies:
  • Family Tracing and Reunification: Engage in family tracing and reunification to address the problems of separations.
  • Psychosocial support to children: Reduce trauma and other psychological effects through the psychosocial support programme.
  • Child protection networking: Improve the community system on child tracing and re-unification
  • Child rights advocacy: Advocate for the rights and protection of children.
  • Gender-Based Violence: Advocate against GBV through awareness creation, capacity building and maximum advocacy
  • Peacebuilding:  Support peacebuilding and conflict resolution programmes within the communities and dialogue between the communities
  • Conflict transformation and Reconciliation: Support conflict transformation and reconciliation programmes in the communities.