Terre des Hommes works in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area (Boma, Labarab and Pochalla) in South Sudan where children associated with armed forces and armed groups (CAAFAG) receive emergency support to facilitate their reintegration.
Since mid-December 2013, the youngest state in the world – which celebrated its 4 years of independence on 9th July 2015 – has been ravaged by a civil war. As the conflict in South Sudan continues and expands and international mediation efforts fail to produce a peace agreement between conflicting parties, the humanitarian crisis deepens and civilians – especially children – continue to face human rights abuse. Since the conflict broke out in December 2013, thousands of children have been recruited to take part in the fighting. The release of children is part of a peace agreement between the Cobra Faction and the SPLA government forces, which was signed in May 2014. Anyone below the age of 18 needs to be released. The government and the armed group are living up to that agreement. At the 27th of January 2015, 300 children between 11 and 17 years old laid down their arms.
Terre des Hommes Netherlands programme aims to provide psychosocial and social (economic) assistance to 300 former Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups (CAAFAG). Through this programme 300 demobilized children get the chance to reintegrate into local communities, while simultaneously, 300 other vulnerable children from the host communities are reached. Terre des Hommes enables this reintegration process by providing first-hand assistance in so-called Interim Care Centres. These community-based centres help the children to reintegrate in the host communities. This successful reintegration is supported by the provision of psychosocial, recreational and life skill activities and vocational trainings to both demobilized children and vulnerable children from the host communities.