One major focus of Johanniter‘s international work in 2016 was providing support for refugees and displaced people. In July 2016, the violent clashes that have blighted South Sudan since 2013 escalated further, obliging Johanniter to evacuate its international staff to neighbouring Kenya for several months. Although many of the regular project activities had to be temporarily suspended, over 150 local colleagues remained in the country to take care of the many internally displaced people.
Johanniter also expanded its operations in the Middle East: In Jordan and Lebanon, Johanniter provided support to people in refugee camps, as well as to host families and communities which have taken in refugees. At all, 527.000 refugees and IDP received relief goods, food, psychosocial support and medical care.