JRS South Sudan video

Nairobi, 17 December 2012 - JRS started working in Africa in the early 1980s, providing food, shelter and medical aid to thousands of people displaced by war and famine in Ethiopia. In the early 1990s, the JRS Eastern Africa region was established and gradually grew in size and scope. Today, JRS Eastern Africa works in 13 projects across five countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda) with a focus on education, psychosocial counselling, peace building and social and cultural activities. Due to a two-decades long civil war and the security threats caused by the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), development in the country stalled and JRS started working in South Sudan to assist war-affected people and internally displaced persons-IDPs. After the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement-CPA in 2005, the projects expanded to work with returnees being repatriated to their home areas. Education was included as a key feature of each project as this provided returnees with a structure to return to, and a way of developing their skills. The objective of the JRS South Sudan film is to summarise the main successes and impacts of JRS’s work in South Sudan over 15 years (1997 - 2012).