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Years of recurring civil wars for over four (4) decades in South Sudan have produced a shocking number of disadvantaged groups including the orphans, widows widowers and disabled. Currently, South Sudan is crippled by a rampage despair and poverty which is continually escalating to problems of street children, drugs addiction, prostitution and crimes of an immeasurable magnitude. In fact, UNHCR has estimated that nearly 1 million people have fled South Sudan for the neighbouring countries of Uganda, Sudan and Kenya, many of whom have been made widows and orphans by past and current civil wars. These widows and orphans make up the bulk of the vulnerable people in the world’s youngest nation.
Unlike Australia and indeed most of the Western nations, disadvantaged South Sudanese are left to fend for themselves as there are no institutions put in place to cater for them. Traditionally in South Sudan, it is the adult male family member who takes responsibility for the security and general well-being of his family. However once he is gone, the whole family is left in perilous living conditions that the only way out is a wish to die.