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Christian Bobst
What we do

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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Advocacy for asylum seekers» in South Sudan

In the light of the civil war and the recurring flare-ups of fighting in the administrative unit of Yei River County, HEKS/EPER is providing humanitarian aid in South Sudan to help the suffering population and the civilian victims of the civil strife. Its guiding priorities are food security for the population as well as dialogue and reconciliation between the different groups.

The projects are implemented by our local partners and monitored by the HEKS/EPER office in Uganda.

HEKS im Südsudan Karte

Facts

In 2019 there were still some 4.5 million people fleeing the civil war. HEKS/EPER enhanced food security through self-sufficiency for around 12’300 people by distributing seeds and farming implements. At the same time, HEKS/EPER is fomenting the peace dialogue between the various groups in the same projects.

Respect for human dignity is one of the cornerstones of the Swiss State. This means that everyone is entitled to personal respect. Asylum seekers and refugees are in a particularly vulnerable situation, as their country can no longer provide them with this protection or has withdrawn it. They often speak none of Switzerland's national languages and do not know the Swiss legal system. During the complex asylum process they need neutral information and often legal representation as well. The legal advice offices for asylum seekers run by HEKS/EPER in 11 cantons provide them with these services.