Urgent aid mobilized for families displaced by South Sudan fighting

 

Urgent aid mobilized for families displaced by South Sudan fighting

On 18 May, a girl carries atop her head a bag filled with her belongings, in the Bentiu Protection of Civilians site for internally displaced people, in Unity State. The bag bears the UNICEF logo.

By 21 May 2015 in South Sudan, the situation had drastically deteriorated in the preceding two weeks, with heavy fighting ongoing across Unity and Upper Nile States. Some 100,000 people have been internally displaced and 650,000 cut off from aid as humanitarian organizations have been forced to withdraw from affected areas. The violence in the two states has led to a spike in reports of grave child rights violations. Between 13 and 15 May 2015, UNICEF collected testimonies from survivors and witnesses of attacks that took place throughout Rubkona and Guit Counties in Unity State in early May 2015. The testimonies were provided by new arrivals at the Bentiu Protection of Civilians (PoC) site for internally displaced people (IDPs), in Unity State. A total of 41 incidents were recorded, 33 of which are verified. These include 47 children killed, at least 23 children raped and 26 abducted. There are also reports of large-scale recruitment of children. The high numbers of IDPs make it difficult to maintain standards for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in the Bentiu PoC, where the water supply has fallen from over 15 litres per person per day to 9 litres, and there is only one latrine for every 65 persons. Additionally, several water samples from a new borehole show poor water clarity, meaning water will have to be treated before distribution in order to meet standards in water quality. In the camp, UNICEF is constructing 682 latrines, of which 304 are already complete; supporting partners to provide primary health care; providing measles and polio vaccinations for children under age 15, particularly new arrivals; constructing temporary learning spaces; and, between 8 and 21 May, screened a total of 9,288 children under age 5 for malnutrition. In the past two we

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JUBA/ South Sudan/ HONG KONG,  July 13, 2016 – UNICEF and partners are providing urgent life-saving assistance to thousands of people displaced by last weekend’s heavy fighting in Juba.

Four trucks of supplies were dispatched from UNICEF warehouses and taken to a UN displacement site in Juba as soon as movement became possible in the city earlier today. High-energy food bars were also distributed in two churches where families have gathered.

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“The people hit hardest by this fighting are struggling to cope in appalling conditions,” said Mahimbo Mdoe, UNICEF’s Representative in South Sudan. “They are desperate for water, food and in need of medical assistance.”

The relief items dispatched today included supplies for the treatment of malnutrition as well as sanitation items such as water containers and soap. Primary health care kits as well as recreational items for children will be distributed tomorrow. 

Teams from UNICEF and partners are also working to assess the extent of humanitarian needs and have begun family tracing for children who became separated from their parents as families fled the fighting. Plans are in place to assist up to 50,000 people affected by the conflict.

“We are responding and that response will continue to grow, but it is vital that we are able to reach everyone in need and for that we must have unrestricted humanitarian access,” said Mdoe.