Since 15 December 2013, over 908,000 people have been displaced by violence including 705,800 people within South Sudan and 202,500 into neighbouring countries. Uganda has received most of the refugees. One of them is Nyanor, a 23 years old mom who fled with her husband and four children.
Nyanor fled to a refugee camp in Arua District, Uganda just after the conflict started. She comes originally from Upper Nile state in South Sudan.
– We are so afraid, says Nyanor. Many of our relatives are left behind. When will we see them again? I am not sure if they are alive or dead since I can’t communicate with them. Many of our relatives lost their lives in the conflict, says Nyanor.
Water, dehydration and nutritional problems
The situation in the camps is severe and the humanitarian needs has risen dramatically during the three month-long fighting. 80% of the target population comprises of women, elderly and children. Children are exposed to diseases such as malaria, vomiting dehydration and nutritional problems.
– If we don´t get help we will die, says Nyanor desperately. Water accessibility and food is a problem; we are given food without enough nutrition. Children here also lack play materials, balls, uniforms and shoes, clothes, scholastic materials and psycho-social support.
IAS one of the first organization on ground
IAS began its work in South Sudan 1990 and has a wide network of partners and organizations. When the conflict started in South Sudan IAS was one the first NGOs on ground in Bor, Jonglei State.
– The clash left a devastating effect on Bor in particular and led to evacuation of most humanitarian aid workers from the country. IAS remained and our Country Director for South Sudan, Repent Taban, has worked tirelessly with the teams on ground in order to secure our response in Bor and other places in South Sudan.
IAS work in both South Sudan and Uganda to ensure increased access to safe water supply and improved hygiene and sanitation.
-Water and sanitation remains our top priority in Uganda in order to save lives and improve the health situation’, says Juliet Namukasa, Country Director for IAS Uganda.
Our emergency work in South Sudan is funded by Unicef, Sida and Läkarmissionen. Our work in Uganda is funded by Danish Mission Council (DMCDD) and Erikshjälpen.
How you can help
– In Uganda SEK 100(approx USD 16) can contribute to 4 kilo of beans plus 2 kilo of sugar, 1 bar of soap, 0.5 liters of cooking oil and sanitary towels for a girl child. This on average can sustain 6 people for 4 days if we only bought the items mentioned above. These people really need your help. Please donate now, your gift saves lives, says Juliet.
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