South Sudan: Conflict leads to a mental health emergency

A devastating conflict broke out last year in the community of Tambura, in South Sudan's Western Equatoria State. An estimated 80,000 people fled their homes and many people were killed or died from other causes related to the conflict. Many survivors living in displacement camps still haven’t found their loved ones, while others know their family members were killed but feel too unsafe to retrieve their bodies.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) identified mental health care services as a major need among traumatized survivors. MSF teams provided community-based mental health care in and around displacement camps, discussing the psychological problems many people were facing in order to normalize talking about them and to provide outlets of support for those who need it.