AI: South Sudan can't cope with mental trauma of war
06 July 2016, 18:56
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.