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HSS 2020: Summary findings from Jonglei, South Sudan

This report reflects on the 2020 Human Security Survey (HSS) outcomes of Jonglei State, South Sudan, which took place over the course of three weeks in July and August 2020, as well as a community security dialogue which took place in February 2021 in Jonglei State's capital, Bor. 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.

Main findings:

  • Jonglei respondents report that general security levels have sharply declined both in Bor South and Twic East counties since 2019, compared to 2018 data looking back at 2017; More respondents indicate feeling insecure in their communities to crime or violence (78% in 2020, up from 50% in 2018).
  • Victimization rates among respondents have also increased: more than two-thirds (68%) of respondents experienced at least one security incident over the last year, up from 45% in 2018. Reported rates of cattle raiding have increased, from 26% of reporting cases in 2018 to 33% in 2020, making it the most frequently reported security incident in Jonglei.
  • Widespread flooding has not only profoundly impacted the community’s short-term humanitarian situation, but also put longer-term pressure on vital resources and intercommunal relations.
  • There exists overall reliance on local armed youth and self-protection mechanisms in Twic East and rural areas of Bor South. However, both formal and informal security actors face considerable operational constraints in daily security provision.

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Date of publication:

Jun 03, 2021


Anton Quist


PAX Protection of Civilians



HSS 2020: Summary findings from Jonglei, South Sudan

Jun 03, 2021, Anton Quist

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