International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Urgent aid for women and girls escaping into South Sudan

The International Rescue Committee is launching emergency health and protection programs for women and girls who have fled to South Sudan to escape violence across the border in Sudan’s Nuba Mountain region.

Clashes between the Sudanese army and ethnic-Nuban rebels have escalated in recent months. Bombing, ground assaults and sexual violence have forced more than 300,000 civilians from their homes, including some 28,000 people who have settled in the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan.
The IRC’s Emergency Response Team conducted an assessment of needs in Yida and identified pressing needs for survivors of sexual assault, as well as reproductive health and protection concerns. In response, the IRC has begun construction of a women and girl’s wellness center in the Yida camp where sexual assault and domestic violence survivors can receive medical treatment and counseling. The center will offer enhanced reproductive health services, including delivery care, pre-and post-natal support and health education.


Read our latest statement on the crisis: IRC concerned about the safety of women and girls fleeing South Kordofan (December 5, 2012)

See all stories about the IRC's work in South Sudan.



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