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Reference : V-P-SS-E-01474
Date : 25/05/2019
Country/Region : SOUTH SUDAN
Caption : Ganyliel, hospital. There is little room for entertainment in a hospital but the ICRC and the South Sudan Red Cross Society teams do their best to provide a safe and educational environment for children. Out of the operation theatre, this nurse continue to engage with his young patients.
Photographer : SERIEX, Florian Bastian
Confidentiality level : public
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Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, news release of 08.07.2019: South Sudan: Gunshot injuries remain high despite peace deal

Juba (ICRC) - The number of patients admitted to International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)-supported surgical units in South Sudan with injuries from violence remains high ten months after the signing of a peace agreement.
There has been only a small drop-off in the number of injuries from gunshot and other weapons at two ICRC-supported facilities (comparing the same six-month period year-on-year) since the signing of the latest peace deal in September 2018. 97% of admitted patients over a recent six-month period suffered gunshot wounds, an indication of the high prevalence and easy access to fire arms.
"We have seen a drop in fighting between parties to the conflict, a very hopeful sign. However, intercommunal violence – mostly linked to cattle raids and revenge killing – continues to threaten lives at an alarming level," said James Reynolds, the ICRC head of delegation in South Sudan.
Women and children remain particularly vulnerable; about 10% of patients seen from 1 October 2018 to 31 March 2019 were children under the age of 15, while just over 10% were women.
South Sudan marks eight years of independence on Tuesday. In recent months, many residents have returned home from abroad or other parts of the country. At the same time, intercommunal violence has forced thousands of South Sudanese to flee their homes. More than 50,000 families have received seeds and tools from the ICRC since the beginning of the year, but those who left home for reasons of safety will not be able to harvest their crops. Millions of South Sudanese are already facing severe food insecurity.
"Stability will be key for South Sudanese to recover from years of conflict. Any form of violence again prevents them from a normal, peaceful life," Reynolds said. "We will continue to deliver emergency assistance to communities affected by violence, but we hope to put more of our efforts into helping people recover and prosper, not just survive."
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