AI: South Sudan can't cope with mental trauma of war

2016-07-06 16:31


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Nairobi - Amnesty International says South Sudan is unable to cope with high levels of mental trauma suffered by survivors of the country's civil war.

A report by the rights group on Wednesday says widespread rape, torture and killing of civilians by soldiers has led to many people showing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Amnesty International says South Sudan's mental health care system is "practically non-existent", with only two part-time psychiatrists and a single psychiatric ward in the whole East African country.

A 2015 study conducted in six of the country's 10 states by the South Sudan Law Society and the UN Development Programme said 41% of South Sudanese citizens have symptoms of PTSD.

South Sudan's war began in 2013 and continues despite a peace deal signed last year.

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