The team at Humanitarian Wellbeinghas grave concerns for the humanitarian workers still located across South Sudan. We recognise that working in armed-conflict environments has always been dangerous and always will be, but since the increase in fighting last week we have received a growing number of troubling reports from clients and colleagues.
We have had reports of rape, violence, and threats of such violence, as well as hearing that those in bunkers across Juba do not have sufficient supplies, including one group running out of water.
“We don’t know what is happening. We are terrified. Colleagues are screaming and crying. We don’t know how they will get us out of this. Please help.” C116 – Juba, South Sudan
We are concerned that sexual violence and the threat of sexual violence are being used as a form of torture for women still on the ground. We are concerned that many are at significant risk of death and / or permanent injury, including long term psychosocial distress.
We encourage organisations with humanitarians on the ground to communicate with those individuals clearly about their wellbeing and the next steps.
We encourage the United Nations to place the utmost priority on safety and security of all humanitarians, including those on non-staff status contracts.
We encourage the United Nations to communicate clearly with all humanitarian agencies and personnel including their own staff, and provide clear communication on the status of evacuations of all humanitarians on the ground.
We encourage all organisations to ensure that follow-up and access to wellbeing services are made available to all who have experienced distress.
The wellbeing of humanitarian workers is central to humanitarian support and delivery. The safety and security of these individuals is essential for future support.
Humanitarian Wellbeing helps humanitarians in the field with psychosocial support, life coaching, and self care planning. We do this via one to one sessions, group sessions, resource sharing and training. We have clients in all major emergencies across the globe. #BeWellServeWell