South Sudan: Devastating impact of war on children’s mental health

It has been six years since South Sudan became an independent country but there is little to celebrate.

A four year civil war has taken a heavy toll on the population, with more than a million children forced from their homes.

And the trauma of conflict is having a deep psychological impact on the country’s youngest citizens.

Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan reports from Malakal.

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In This Story: South Sudan

South Sudan, is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa.

It gained independence from the Republic of the Sudan in 2011, making it the most recent sovereign state or country with widespread recognition. Its capital and largest city is Juba.

It includes the vast swamp region of the Sudd, formed by the White Nile and known locally as the Bahr al Jabal meaning “Mountain Sea”.

South Sudan has a population of 12 million, mostly of the Nilotic peoples, and it is demographically among the youngest nations in the world, with roughly half under 18 years old. The majority of inhabitants adhere to Christianity or various traditional faiths.

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