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Refocus on most conflict-affected communities

War Child works in conflict and post-conflict areas. Over the past few years our work in post-conflict areas grew, pulling the focus away from active conflict areas. However, during the review of our five-year strategy at the beginning of 2013, we reconfirmed our commitment to work with children and communities most affect by conflict and began working to move closer to these areas.

In Lebanon, we responded to the influx of Syrian refugees using a tailor-made response programme focusing on providing psychosocial support and education activities in child friendly spaces.

In the South Kivu province of DR Congo, we expanded our project areas to include communities caught between the continuous violence and fighting between armed groups and the Congolese Army.

In South Sudan, once restarted, our regular project activities expanded to respond to the needs of children displaced by the recent conflict that flared up in December. We also developed a comprehensive projects focusing on catch-up education and youth vocational training in Jonglei state, one of the areas most affected by the decades of conflict between Sudan and South Sudan. The area suffers from entrenched poverty, on-going civil unrest, sporadic conflict over basic resources such as land, food and water, and the almost complete absence of basic services like health and education. Unfortunately, the project has been postponed due to the recent violence in the area, and may be relocated to another state if Jonglei remains unstable.

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