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Global Health
September 20, 2016

Psychological Scars From Conflict in South Sudan Documented

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JAMA. 2016;316(11):1141. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.12651

Numerous human rights and humanitarian law abuses have been carried out during the decades of conflict and civil war in South Sudan and have led to an increase in mental illness in the civilian population, a situation documented by researchers from Amnesty International in the report, “Our Hearts Have Gone Dark”: The Mental Health Impact of South Sudan’s Conflicthttp://bit.ly/2aG4gzP.

Towns and villages in South Sudan have been destroyed, and 1.7 million people have been internally displaced as a result of ongoing conflict. Hunger is at its highest level since the conflict began, with up to 4.8 million people facing severe food shortages.