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Appeal for GBV support in the camp

By Gaaniko Samson Jerry

Anataban, refugees led Community Based Organization in Uganda refugee camp is appealing for psychosocial support for the victims affected by Gender Based Violence living in refugee camps.

Juan Jackline working for Anataban told Juba Monitor, as the world is making the 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence.

 “Addressing GBV is one of the biggest enemies causing violence to men, women and children. It is causing trauma and people have lost opportunities to work, helping themselves,” Jackline said.

She added that, it is very difficult for the victims to get personal support to address their challenges.

 “When one goes down to the community, it is so demanding at the community level when you see the refugees suffering,” she said.

She said, in addressing issues of social support among families in the camp requires joint support from the government and humanitarian agencies.

 “Most people say women and girls are been mistreated while men are victims too giving the example of South Sudan where war has been the daily action where people are highly traumatized and depressed,” she added.

The officer said many refugees have found it hard to cater for needs in a foreign country.

 “Offering social support at the grassroots level will highly help to address the issues where people will see visions and they will try to understand what it means and how one can help himself on how to go about it,’’ she stressed.

She said creating GBV awareness in the camp will help many refugees to overcome the vice.

 “If you see your neighbour being mistreated, pass the information to the community leaders. If the family can’t handle, engage the community leaders to be part of the family solution down to the grassroots level so that they can help solve issues before they get out of hand,” she said.

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