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HSS 2020: Summary findings from Greater Yirol, Lakes, South Sudan

This report reflects on the 2020 Human Security Survey (HSS) outcomes of Awerial, Yirol East, and Yirol West counties, Lakes State, South Sudan, which took place over the course of three weeks in November 2020, as well as a community security dialogue which took place in September 2021 in Mingkaman. During the three-day dialogue the main survey findings and their practical implications were presented, discussed and validated. Participants jointly developed an action plan for addressing security priorities locally.

  • More than half of Greater Yirol respondents generally reported improved security levels during 2020-2021 compared with previous years, yet Yirol East County saw a worsening of security perceptions. In addition, the appointment of a new Governor in July 2020 meant a further improvement in security perceptions among data validation workshop participants from across Greater Yirol, representing a broad set of local stakeholders.
  • The most frequently reported security incidents in Greater Yirol were cattle raiding and forced marriage, which are interlinked through the dowry system and the high demand for cattle. Forced marriages and elopements can lead to violence between families, but also to various forms of SGBV.
  • The police is the most prominent local security actor in Greater Yirol, both in terms of accessibility and perceived performance. That said, armed youth and self-protection mechanisms still pose a challenge to police capabilities, and the police needs to be more present, better trained, and invest in better engagement with the communities they serve.

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Jun 26, 2022


Anton Quist


PAX Protection of Civilians



HSS 2020: Summary findings from Greater Yirol, Lakes, South Sudan

Jun 26, 2022, Anton Quist

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